Rostam Batmanglij Criticizes 'La La Land' for Questionable Race Narrative and Lack of Queer Characters

BY Josiah HughesPublished Dec 21, 2016

Damien Chazelle's La La Land is one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year and stands a very strong chance of taking the Oscar for Best Picture. That said, it's not universally beloved. Multifaceted musician Rostam Batmanglij has taken to Twitter to explain his frustrations with the film.

The musical follows a love story between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The jazz-centred film also features a cameo from John Legend as a piano teacher who abandoned jazz and sold out in favour of pop.

Rostam explains that the narrative of a white man preserving jazz after a black man sells it out is particularly problematic when compared to the history of the genre. Further, he criticizes the film for its lack of queer characters.

Read Rostam's tweets about La La Land below.

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