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In an interview with Rachel Simon at Bustle, eccentric filmmaker Tim Burton defended himself for almost never casting actors of color in his films: "Nowadays, people are talking about [diversity] more," he said. But "things either call for things, or they don’t." 🤔  Does Tim Burton deserve critique for rarely casting actors of color in his films?  Scroll down to see further perspectives on the controversy and VOTE!

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Here's Burton's full response to the reporter who asked him about the lack of diverse casting in his films.

"Nowadays, people are talking about it more," he says regarding film diversity. But "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, OK, 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, OK, there should be more white people in these movies."
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Burton's films are fantastical goth fairytales filled with vampires, zombies, headless horsemen and superheroes. They are universes that he imagines, and could feature anything he chooses.

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Burton was being interviewed about his latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, which was adapted from the book of the same name. Some argued that, at least in the case of his latest project, he was being true to the source material by casting nearly all-white characters.

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 Samuel L Jackson, who plays a villain in Burton's latest film, defended the director.

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Burton's answer—a mix of complaints about how angered he was by an episode of "The Brady Bunch" featuring nonwhite kids and assertions that he didn't expect to see white people in blaxploitation films—seemed to indicate a lack of thought around the issue. His response may have generated more controversy than the actual casting issue itself.

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The director's defenders argue that art is different from education or government, and shouldn't be held to the same standards around representing diversity.

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