Jason Blum apologises for 'dumb' comments about female directors
Jason Blum has apologised for making "dumb" comments about female directors.
The 49-year-old producer has taken to Twitter to issue an apology after his comments about female directors in a recent interview with Polygon prompted an online backlash.
In the original interview, Jason was asked about working with female directors on horror movies and he replied: "We're always trying to [do] that. We're not trying to do it because of recent events. We've always been trying.
"There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror."
But Jason - who served as a producer on the latest 'Halloween' movie - has now issued an apology and has also tried to clarify his position on the issue.
He wrote on the micro-blogging platform: "Thank you everyone for calling me out on my dumb comments in that interview. I made a stupid mistake. I spoke too quickly about a serious issue - an issue that I am passionate about. Over 50 percent of our audience is female. Over 50 percent of Blumhouse execs are women.
"Some of our most successful franchises are anchored by women, including the one opening tomorrow/today ['Halloween'], led by the biggest female legend in this genre.
"But we have not done a good enough job working with female directors, and it's not because they don't exist. I heard from many today. The way my passion came out was dumb. And for that I am sorry. I will do better. (sic)"