Ava DuVernay Explains Why She Doesn't Like the Word 'Diversity'

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It's like on of those words people throw around for all the wrong reasons.

There is one buzz word that rubs director Ava DuVernay the wrong way.

The New York Times reports that during the fifth annual ARRAY luncheon at the Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay said she hates the word diversity.

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“I feel [diversity is] a medicinal word that has no emotional resonance, and this is a really emotional issue,” she said. “It’s emotional for artists who are women and people of color to have less value placed on our worldview.”

DuVernay believes the often blanketed term should be replaced with words like inclusion, or even better, belonging.

“There’s a belonging problem in Hollywood,” she said. “Who dictates who belongs? The very body who dictates that looks all one way.”

She added that the landscape of tinseltown should allow for change to happen because, "it’s disconcerting to hear people say that shouldn’t change. That’s the very reason it should.”

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