Destry Spielberg Addresses Nepotism Backlash

Destry Spielberg is speaking out in response to claims that she’s getting jobs in Hollywood because of nepotism.

The Twitter Debate

The 24-year-old upcoming filmmaker, who is the daughter of Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, just announced that she will be directing her second short film. The upcoming short will be written by Stephen King‘s son Owen and will star Sean Penn‘s son Hopper.

Franklin Leonard, The Black List founder, commented on the news on Twitter which prompted Ben Still to respond.

“Hollywood’s a meritocracy, right?” Leonard said, pointing out that three of the people involved are the children of successful Hollywood stars.

Actor Ben Stiller, who is the son of the late comedic actors Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, chimed in, responding, “Too easy @franklinleonard. People, working, creating. Everyone has their path. Wish them all the best.”

What She Had to Say

Destry decided to respond to the Twitter conversation between Leonard and Stiller.

In a since-deleted tweet, Destry said:

“I am just a young aspiring female filmmaker who admires the art of cinema. People can argue nepotism, but I know deep down that I worked hard to get where I am and it wasn’t easy. Beyond proud of this film and proud of the team it took to make it.”

Destry later clarified her tweet and said, “I acknowledge that I was born with privilege! I own that through and through! I make it my mission to bring new talent into the industry & give opportunities to artists of all backgrounds. No one should be left out because of the connections they don’t have.”

Destry‘s upcoming short film is titled The Rightway and the plot is under wraps, according to Deadline.


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