Ken Burns, Pbs

Ken Burns, Pbs

Ken Burns Responds to Criticism Around Diversity in Documentary and PBS’ Reliance on the Director

Ken Burns Responds to Criticism Around Diversity in Documentary and PBS’ Reliance on the Director

8/3/2021 11:59:00 PM

Ken Burns Responds to Criticism Around Diversity in Documentary and PBS ’ Reliance on the Director

'Our crew, the people that we work with, are as diverse as you could have. The scholars that advise us are that, and so we feel comfortable about telling these complex stories,' Burns said in response to criticisms around him telling stories about BIPOC subjects as a white filmmaker.

Muhammad Ali— is going to intersect with race,” he said. “We know when we were founded, and we know why we were founded, we know our catechism: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. I’m a third of the way through the sentence and you have got to stop because the guy who wrote it owned slaves and didn’t see the hypocrisy and didn’t see the contradiction. So you can’t deal with American history, which is what I’m interested in in my heart — I cannot do this without touching on these stories.”

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When Burns was asked whether his exclusive deal with PBS through 2022, which has seen him produce over 200 hours of documentary material for the broadcaster over 40 years, meant he was “taking up the lion’s share of attention” over other documentarians, he rejected the notion that he was “taking up” anything, stating that he represents “a tiny little baileywick” and “we just make films and we work hard at promoting them and they are successful,” he told Swisher.

After explaining that he receives “proportionately less percentage of my money from PBS than other filmmakers” and that he raises the rest on his own, the director went on to stress that “the popularity of the films” he produces might be playing into the perception that he’s occupying more airtime than others. Being at something for several decades means “you’re gonna accumulate,” according to Burns. headtopics.com

“If you ask how many hours Bill Moyers has, it would be 10 times that amount, right?” he said. “And let’s remember the guy who spoke before Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address spoke for two hours, and Lincoln spoke for two minutes. It doesn’t matter how many hours you have. It’s what’s in those hours or in those minutes.”

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Truthful answer: cause he gets funding easier Sorry, but this is getting ridiculous now. We're moving to the point where we are all equal but separate. Only X can tell X stories and shit. Weird. I’ve never heard anyone criticize him. “Jazz” was excellent and does justice to a story that needed to be told.

This is a bullshit issue. White artists can tell any damn story they want. Nothing wrong with that. WTFBULLETIN When it comes to 'appeasing' the New World Order (of bullsh*t and harassing inquisitions) they'll NEVER be content. Try getting LIFE SKILLS and figuring it out, but that hasn't happened EVER. It's always DESTROY KILL HARASS. Careful what you wish for, it's coming backatcha!!

Something tells me that if he only did documentaries on white people, we'd be reading a much worse headline. YAWN More invented BS from the woke Left. I am a Ken Burns fan. This is a valid question. The issue of access and equitable support for BIPOC storytellers is a real one that needs to be addressed industrywide. Surely, Burns acknowledges this fact.

FCS, America, what the hell? Honestly, grow up.

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People are just looking for someone to blame because they have little or no talent. Burns is an excellent filmmaker. Lol! Leave Ken Burns alone. 🙄Shit's getting ridiculous. The left is very close to ripping books off shelves and burning them in the street. If his response is anything but, “Fuck you!” I don’t really care.

lol.

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