Lee Daniels Tells Black Actors to "Stop Complaining"

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LOS ANGELES - AUG 12: David Oyelowo, Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker at the "Lee Daniels' The Butler" LA Premiere at the Regal 14 Theaters on August 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA (Helga Esteb /

During an interview with The New York Times, Lee Daniels criticized actors who supported the #OscarsSoWhite movement. Daniels argues that discrimination is not a problem in Hollywood. However, a strong work ethic is. “Go out and do the work. Oscars so white! So what? Do your work. Let your legacy speak and stop complaining, man. Are we really in this for the awards?” he said. “If I had thought that way — that the world was against me — I wouldn’t be here now,” he added. “These whiny people that think we’re owed something are incomprehensible and reprehensible to me. I don’t expect acknowledgment or acceptance from white America. I’m going to be me.” This is not the first time Lee Daniels commented on race. Daniels once said that racism is not "real" because he doesn't "embrace" it. Lee Daniels is currently filming his new FOX TV series STAR in Atlanta, Georgia. What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.