Tim Burton’s adaptation of the best-selling novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by author Ransom Riggs hits theaters this weekend. However, Burton is already gathering buzz regarding a comment he made on why there’s a lack of people of color in the film.
In an interview with Bustle, Burton said, “I grew up watching Blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, ‘Okay, there should be more white people in these movies.’”
Burton also shared that when he was a child, he watched The Brandy Bunch, and the film started to get all politically correct by adding an Asian and a black character.
The movie director also spoke up on how people are talking about the lack of diversity now, and how it is a big deal. However, his response got a lot of feedback calling him some kind of a racist.
A report from USA Today details that netizens on Twitter pointed out how the defense is strange.
Samuel L. Jackson who stars in the movie, however, understands why this is the case. The actor actually noticed the lack of diversity in the film, but it didn’t stop him from taking the role. Along with him, Miss Peregrine stars Chris O’Down, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp and Judi Dench.
“I had to go back in my head and go, how many black characters have been in Tim Burton movies?” he said. “I don’t think it’s any fault of his or his method of storytelling, it’s just how it’s played out. Tim’s a really great guy,” Jackson added.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will hit the theaters on Friday. Stay tuned for more updates.