Ava Duvernay may be one of the most celebrated faces in Hollywood but, over the weekend, the Selma director found herself in hot water with some overly-passionate Bernie Sanders supporters on Twitter who had an issue with her recent critique of the Democratic candidate. The senator is coming off fresh from a triumphant victory at the Nevada caucuses, the second one of the primary season and first nominating contest on the West Coast.
On Friday, February 21, the Vermont senator tweeted out a warning to his opponents stating, “I’ve got news for the Republican establishment. I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment. They can’t stop us.” While his supporters were delighted over his recent win, the Oscar-nominated director wasn’t impressed and had her own rebuttal for the senator.
I’m undecided. But I know this isn’t what I want. https://t.co/OBKZi0hee1
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 22, 2020
The Twitterverse went into a frenzy with numerous Bernie supporters condemning Duvernay over her tweet. Some even going as far as to say that her elite status allows her to take her stance. One of Bernie’s biggest platforms is providing medicare for all which would allow full health coverage for lower-income workers.
Bougie Blacks strike again https://t.co/dH4mHsG8GO
— TheAngrySociologist (@SankofaBrown) February 22, 2020
at first i didn’t understand why she doesn’t like Bernie but then i saw her net worth. https://t.co/cMfVorL2pz
— Sady Doyle OnlyFans (@saintknives) February 23, 2020
My father had a heart attack two weeks ago. This is one of the bills. Fuck the establishment, I want a candidate that recognizes health care is a human right. But you’re worth $60 mil so this bill is light change to you. You don’t understand the real struggles out here right now. https://t.co/ADkwqfNWHV pic.twitter.com/PY9XMuwzOv
— Marn (@marnym773) February 23, 2020
Eventually, Duvernay caught wind of the commotion and decided to log off the social network but not before posting screenshots of death threats from enraged Bernie supporters. “Bernie supporters terrroizing my mentions while I’m off enjoying my Saturday.” she posted.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 23, 2020