Ava DuVernay Didn’t Need Inclusion Riders to Hire a Diverse ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Team

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Inclusion riders have been a hot topic ever since Best Actress winner Frances McDormand gave them a shout-out at this year’s Oscars ceremony, but one Hollywood director says she’s fostering diversity without them.

On Monday morning, a Twitter user asked Ava DuVernay, the director of the just-released blockbuster A Wrinkle in Time, whether inclusion riders--contractual clauses that call for certain hiring targets--were behind the diverse group of people who worked on the movie. DuVernay, who’s been sharing Instagram photos of the film’s premieres, responded: “Nope.” Instead, she said, she had simply hired “great people of all kinds and colors.”

A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Storm Reid, helped make box-office history this weekend when it brought in $33 million, second only to Black Panther‘s $41 million for the weekend. This marks the first time that two movies with black directors and budgets of $100 million or more have held the top two box-office spots.

In addition to A Wrinkle in Time’s diversity, DuVernay to The New Yorker‘s Jelani Cobb in 2017 that every episode of her television show Queen Sugar is directed by a woman. She said it was “in the DNA” of the show and explained, “In my view it’s righting a wrong. Someone came up to me and said ‘you know, you may want to be careful with this because, you know, people could see it as discrimination,’ and I took a deep breath and said ‘I would welcome that conversation, I would welcome that lawsuit.’… there are some shows that are using this platform as a corrective measure to highlight and to incubate and to bring more women into the industry, an industry that has shut us out.”

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