In recent years there has been a lot of conversation about diversity and inclusion in the film world. Specifically speaking, an increase of awareness with things like the Sony Hack, #Oscarssowhite and most recently with Trans inclusion re Jeffrey Tambor’s Emmy’s Speech.
Enter DeLa Doll, a published opinion blogger who recently wrote her “Open letter to Tim Burton from a Black Fangirl.” The subtext is essentially her explaining that dear old Timmy just pissed in her cereal after his latest film ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.’
After finding the book a few years back when she was going through a dark time, the story had “helped [her] to realize that there are other people like [her] out there, and that [she] do[es] belong somewhere; it’s just up to [her] to embrace [her] uniqueness and live life in a way that draws in kindred spirits.”
When she heard Tim Burton was directing the film she was incredibly excited, but after seeing the trailer she cringed noting that the only POC was the villain, and even more so after TB released his statement on the lack of racial diversities in his films. See his response below:
“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, Okay, let’s have an Asian child and a black – I used to get more offended by that than just – 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.’”
After this Doll says that she felt like Burton “cough[ed] in [her] food or fart[ed] by [her] sleeping face.” She says “To add insult to injury, you claim that “things” (movies and other shows?) either call for “things” (diversity), or they don’t,” and wonders why, with first time having a person of color in a major role in any of his movies, did the role of the villain call for a black character.
Needless to say, Doll’s previous love for Burton’s films has dissipated into a dislike that “leaves a horrible taste in [her] mouth [about Burton] that watching “Sweeney Todd” and “Edward Scissorhands” on loop just won’t wash out.”