The actor Sam Elliott has accused the director of the Oscar-nominated film The Power of the Dog of being sexist. The criticism of the New Zealand-shot film came after Campion criticized it for its repression of homosexuality. The New Zealand-born director pointed to the fact that Elliott shot the film in New Zealand‚ which makes him an outsider. The actress questioned whether Elliott has the right to subvert American myths and stereotypes. The critic's response was unfounded and infuriating. Sam Elliott took the criticism to a personal level and called Campion a bitch. The director called the actor a cynic and sexist for making such a sexist comment. While defending the movie‚ the actors were quick to defend it. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons responded with statements defending the film. The actress Sam Elliott called Campion a sexist when she defended her film.
I'm not surprised by her sexist comments‚ she told Marc Maron on his podcast WTF. She also questioned Elliott's approach to the role and said that he doesn't see the film's theme as Western. Despite the sexism‚ Elliott's comments have been widely praised by the critics.
Jane Campion responds to Sam Elliott's #ThePowerOfTheDog comments: "I'm sorry, he was being a little bit of a B-I-T-C-H. He's not a cowboy; he's an actor. The West is a mythic space and there's a lot of room on the range. I think it's a little bit sexist." https://t.co/I32wQ8lCiF pic.twitter.com/Tftq4AoXCy — Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2022