“I totally misspoke,” Blum told Variety‘s Marc Malkin on the red carpet. “I made a mistake about it. Our audience is 55% women, the executives at the company we have are 50% women. I am passionate about hiring women, and I totally made a mistake in the way I represented that. We already work with a lot of women.”
Blum continued, “Chelsea Stardust, who is my old assistant, I financed her first movie, but I would like to work with more. Today was a great day for me because I learned a lot and because there are a lot of women out there that I’m going to meet as a result of today so I’m grateful for it.”
Blum posted an apology to Twitter shortly after “Halloween’s” red carpet.
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) October 18, 2018
Blum’s remarks from a Polygon interview drew criticism Wednesday when he said Blumhouse’s absence of female directors despite making films for 11 years was not due to lack of trying.
“We’re always trying to do that,” Blum said. “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. I’m a massive admirer of [‘The Babadook’ director] Jennifer Kent. I’ve offered her every movie we’ve had available. She’s turned me down every time.”
His comments quickly received backlash on social media as users pointed out the number of female directors in Hollywood.
Jason Blum: There are no women out there who do horror movies, so we’ve never hired one
Also Jason Blum: pic.twitter.com/PnWHzEXnCk
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) October 17, 2018
WOMEN WANT TO DIRECT HORROR. Women want to work. Women want to make low budget (& high budget) features. Women want a break.
cc: @jason_blum @blumhouse
Resources: @TheDirectorList @FilmFatalesNYC @AWD_Directors @WomenNMedia @sundanceorg @sxsw AFI DWWhttps://t.co/Jge7RqG0p5
— Half the Picture (@halfthepicture) October 17, 2018
— Film Fatales (@FilmFatalesOrg) October 17, 2018