It has been widely criticised for perpetuating stereotypes about the poor, and Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson called it “a tone-deaf attempt to assuage a very particular kind of liberal guilt by reifying the very thing that caused the guilt in the first place”.

Appearing on CBS This Morning on Tuesday (1 December), Howard suggested that those who were critical of his film might be taking aim at wider political issues. “I do feel like they’re looking at political thematics that they may or may not disagree with that, honestly, are not really reflected or
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