Christopher Rosen, THE HUFFINGTON POST
(Huffington Post)—An Oscar contender isn’t an Oscar contender without cries of inaccuracy. That’s where Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” is at right now, as the film has come under attack for its portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In an op-ed published by the Washington Post, Johnson’s former top assistant for domestic affairs, Joseph A. Califano Jr., criticized DuVernay for “taking dramatic, trumped-up license with a true story that didn’t need any embellishment to work as a big-screen historical drama.”
According to Califano, it was Johnson who devised Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in service of passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “In fact, Selma was LBJ’s idea, he considered the Voting Rights Act his greatest legislative achievement, he viewed King as an essential partner in getting it enacted — and he didn’t use the FBI to disparage him,” Califano wrote.