Publisher's Note: One of the most significant things you can do to promote Liberty is to support our mission. Please make your gift to the 2024 Patriots' Day Campaign today. Thank you! —Mark Alexander, Publisher

March 16, 2022

Woke Director Grovels Before the Mob

Jane Campion issues an apology to Venus and Serena Williams after ill-advised remarks.

It’s awards season in Hollywood, and those who are unfortunate enough to have to report on the crazy things celebrities say have fresh cause to excoriate them. Hollywood elites such as actors, directors, producers, et al. are infamously out of touch regarding ordinary Americans’ concerns, but this type of hubris is next level.

At the Netflix Critics Choice Awards, Jane Campion, director of the movie “The Power of the Dog,” was making her acceptance speech for best director. She did the usual duties of paying homage to those other greats in the room. Venus and Serena Williams were in attendance in support of the movie “King Richard,” a biopic about their father and coach. Campion started out by commending the sisters on their achievements as well as saying foolish nothings about playing tennis. She went on to honor others but then decided to circle back to the Williams sisters and make a seemingly innocuous (to her, anyway) comment.

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

This was met with the vacuous cheers from the feminist vultures happy to see cheap points scored. When this statement went mainstream, though, the Internet went bonkers with criticism.

Campion, for her part, did apologize, which most felt was warranted. It was a good apology for the most part:

I made a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved. I did not intend to devalue these two legendary Black women and world class athletes. The fact is the Williams sisters have, actually, squared off against men on the court (and off), and they have both raised the bar and opened doors for what is possible for women in this world. The last thing I would ever want to do is minimize remarkable women. I love Serena and Venus. Their accomplishments are titanic and inspiring. Serena and Venus, I apologize and completely celebrate you.

Some in the peanut gallery have decided to construe this as a racially motivated, tone-deaf comment by a white New Zealand woman with a foot in the door of the world she inhabits thanks to her director father. There is no evidence of that at all in either her comments leading up to the one that got her into trouble or in her apology.

The greatest faux pas that Campion committed was the off-kilter comparison regarding women in athletics vs. women in the film industry. Arguably, both are challenging in various ways. But the most telling thing of all is summed up perfectly by culture writer Kyle Smith: “Note to Jane Campion: there’s a major biological reason why female athletes don’t usually compete against men in sports: men are bigger, stronger and faster. Female artists face no comparable handicaps.”

This is a topic being hotly debated concerning men like Lia Thomas and Laurel Hubbard — men claiming to actually be women. These men are competing against women in their chosen sports and, in the case of Lia Thomas, decimating the women’s competitive field. It is a grave injustice to the women who have spent their lives and careers to have a chance to break records and earn medals only to have these honors taken away by gender dysphoric men.

Honestly, though, Campion’s initial comment reads more like an insecure woman badly handling being in the spotlight. In spite of her winning an award by her peers celebrating her achievement, she felt it necessary to throw other women, innocent bystanders, under the bus. The Williams sisters were only there because of the movie about their dad. They personally weren’t up for any awards. Definitely a low blow.

To say to these amazing athletes that they don’t have to play against the guys — as if that belittles their achievements — is arrogance and insecurity. Women in sports shouldn’t have to play against men. Women have fought long and hard to make that distinction. To compare the situation in women’s sports to the rank chauvinism in Hollywood is ludicrous. Campion’s apology was needed.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2024 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.