Lena Waithe is lastly addressing an accusation that she stole the thought of her upcoming present from a rising screenwriter.
“I have never seen Nina Lee’s work nor would I ever steal another artist’s work,” Waithe acknowledged emphatically in a press release she launched on Wednesday (Feb. 26).
— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) February 26, 2020
In a sequence of tweets (with compelling assist), up and coming screenwriter, Nina Lee claimed that Waithe’s new present Girls Room is definitely a rip-off of her shelved 2017 mission, The Girls Room.
Lee discovered a lot assist from Twitter, prompting Waithe to finally reply to the heavy backlash she was receiving and deal with Lee’s declare.
Waithe says that she had no prior information of Lee’s work when partnering with Dove in 2019 and becoming a member of their mission which the corporate began engaged on in 2017.
She claims Dove already had a title and idea, and solely introduced her onboard to jot down scripts and assist produce the present.
“As a fellow creative myself, I can only imagine how [Lee] must be feeling and I look to #Dove to give us more clarity on the situation,” Waithe wrote.
Following a private cellphone name with Waithe and the Girls Room director, Lee additionally gave an replace on the state of affairs by way of Twitter on Thursday (Feb. 27).
“I spoke to Lena Waithe this morning and she and the director both assured me they would never steal, copy, or mimic another Black woman’s work. They also told me about supportive they are of Black women in film,” she wrote.
However, Lee was certain to focus on the crux of your entire difficulty.
“Black artists have historically struggled with having our work taken from us against our will and without permission. Therefore, I am not surprised to see what feels like a commodified version of my art being co-opted by a major corporation.”
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— Nina Lee (@NinaSerafina) February 27, 2020
As for Dove, the corporate launched a press release defending the originality of their present regardless of placing similarities between their present and Lee’s mission that embrace title, idea, and even aesthetic.
“Dove started working on Girls Room with our partners in early 2017, and we’re proud to have teamed up with ATTN: and Lena Waithe to bring the vision to life. The name of the series was developed before Lena or ATTN: were added to the project and was selected because our scenes mainly take place in the ‘Girls Room,’ any similarity to other creative projects is entirely unintentional.”
Dove/Waithe’s Girls Room is anticipated to be launched later this 12 months.