Fix It, Jesus: Hollywood Director Tim Burton Defends Why He Doesn't Hire Black Actors

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Director Tim Burton attends the "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" New York premiere held at Saks Fifth Avenue on September 26, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)

Fix It, Jesus: Hollywood Director Tim Burton Defends Why He Doesn't Hire Black Actors

Here we go.

Published October 1, 2016

Tim Burton, the director behind the likes of Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and most recently, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, is known for for his dark films. However, folks are also starting to realize that he's never really cast many Black or other minority actors in his films. The directoy, himself, recently addressed the lack of melanin in his projects and he's standing by it.

"Nowadays, people are talking about it more," he told Bustle when asked about diversity in Hollywood. "But things either call for things, or they don't. I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct. Like, OK, let's have an Asian child and a Black. I used to get more offended by that."

Then he added this: "I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that's great. I didn't go like, 'OK, there should be more white people in these movies.'"

In his most recent film, Samuel L. Jackson stands out as the only Black and minority member of the cast. When asked about Burton's lack of diversity in his catalog, the actor defended him.

"I had to go back in my head and go, 'How many Black characters have been in Tim Burton movies?' And I may have been the first, I don't know, or the most prominent in that particular way, but it happens the way it happens," he said. "I don't think it's any fauly of his or his method of storytelling. It's just how it's played out. Tim's a really great guy."

Recap the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in the BET Breaks video, above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)


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