The 67-year-old New Zealander took the stage at the Critics Choice Awards to accept her award for Best Director, kicking off her career for the first time. speech thanking his presenter, Taika Waititi, and praising the “incredible women” in the room. She also congratulated “the guys,” aka the male colleagues she was nominated alongside.
“Venus and Serena, you are so wonderful,” he said. said. “However, you don’t play against the guys like I have to.”
While the comment drew loud cheers from the room, it was obviously incredibly awkward, as evidenced by Venus’ revealing reaction to the awkward call.
The clip of the speech was widely circulated on social media, with many pointing to Campion’s privilege as a white woman, as well as the totally unnecessary disregard of the Williams sisters, who time and time again confronted both racism and misogyny within the tennis world. and beyond.
Others mentioned that Campion has benefited from nepotism, something that neither Venus nor Serena had in their careers.
And in general, Campion’s comments left a sour taste in people’s mouths, who found the comment to be a prime example of misogyny.
UPDATE: Campion has since apologized for his comments, calling them “thoughtless.” The director said in statements to the press: “I did not intend to devalue these two legendary black women and world-class athletes.” You can read more about her apology here.
03/14/2022 at 22:04