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    Jane Campion Is Getting Called Out For Slamming Venus And Serena Williams In Her Awards Speech

    "Venus and Serena, you are such marvels. However, you do not play against the guys like I have to."

    Jane Campion, a decorated filmmaker who is now the only woman to be twice nominated for a Best Director Oscar thanks to her Western The Power of the Dog, is facing backlash for her "arrogant and ignorant" comments toward Venus and Serena Williams.

    Jane smiles while holding her award

    The 67-year-old New Zealander took to the Critics Choice Awards stage to accept her award for Best Director, first beginning her speech by thanking her presenter, Taika Waititi, and praising the "incredible women" in the room. She also congratulated "the guys," aka the male colleagues she was nominated alongside.

    Jane clutches her award in front of a display that says "Best Director"

    And that's when Campion directed her attention to the Williams sisters, who are — as you may know — the subjects of the Will Smith–starring biographical drama King Richard (also making the awards circuit right now) about the tennis legends' upbringing.

    The Williams sisters pose together on the red carpet

    "Venus and Serena, you are such marvels,” she said. "However, you don’t play against the guys like I have to."

    @mavericksmovies Here's the clip of Jane Campion's speech #CriticsChoiceAwards

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    While the comment elicited loud cheers in the room, it was obviously incredibly uncomfortable, as shown by Venus's telling reaction to the awkward callout.

    Venus fake smiles and looks uncomfortable after Jane's comments

    The clip of the speech circulated widely on social media, with many pointing out Campion's privilege as a white woman, as well as the wholly unnecessary putting down of the Williams sisters, who have time and time again faced both racism and misogyny within the world of tennis and beyond.

    jane taking time out of her best director speech to tell two Black women that she is more oppressed than them is PEAK white feminism.

    Twitter: @MissJodie / Via Twitter: @MissJodie

    Some even pointed out Campion's previous eyebrow-raising comments on intersectionality. Last year, she said the #MeToo movement was "like the Berlin Wall coming down or the end of apartheid for us women."

    @MissJodie i’m personally still recovering from this

    Twitter: @SUCC3SSION / THR / Via Twitter: @SUCC3SSlON

    Others mentioned that Campion has benefited from nepotism, something that neither Venus nor Serena had in their careers.

    Jane Campion, daughter of famous New Zealand theatre director Richard Campion & actress Edith Campion MBE, explains the challenges of being a white woman from an established family to Venus and Serena Williams.

    Twitter: @meghamohan / Via Twitter: @meghamohan

    It's also worth noting that both Venus and Serena have competed in mixed doubles, which are tennis tournaments that feature both men and women, and have won several of them. The sisters' accomplishments are also routinely glossed over in favor of the men in tennis.

    The arrogance and ignorance of Jane Campion. Anyone who knows anything about Venus and Serena's careers wouldn't think to utter something this stupid and insulting.

    Twitter: @gpfarris / Via Twitter: @gpfarris

    And just generally, Campion's comments left a sour taste in people's mouths, who found the comment to be a prime example of misogynoir.

    Critic’s Choice: The winner is Jane Campion! Jane: Thank you. Now, let me attack Black women minding their own damn business.

    Twitter: @SashaBeauloux / Via Twitter: @SashaBeauIoux

    In fact, the comment comes just days after the director was praised for calling out Sam Elliott, a veteran actor who went on an anti-gay rant directed at The Power of the Dog. Some saw it as a prime example of white feminism.

    Not even a full two days of everybody bigging her up for calling out Sam Elliot, and Jane Campion has BW's names in her mouth unnecessarily. Intersectionality kicks white feminists' ass every. single. fcking. time.

    Twitter: @naima / Via Twitter: @naima

    UPDATE: Campion has since apologized for her remarks, which she called "thoughtless." The director said in a statement 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.