Who should be the true hero of ‘Selma’? MLK or LBJ?
Listen up, Oscar voters: Washington pooh-bahs are suggesting — OK, demanding — you shun the widely acclaimed Dr. Martin Luther King biopic, Selma, because it’s not favorable enough to former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
But filmmaker Ava DuVernay and fans of the just-opened movie aren’t taking this mildly: They’re tweeting their outrage that a movie about black Americans and King’s historic 1965 campaign for the Voting Rights Act is being attacked for failing to give enough credit to white people, specifically LBJ.
Thus is born the latest Washington-vs-Hollywood snit for the social-media age