“As a feature writer, when you hand your draft(s) into the studio, you have no control over what ends up on screen,” she said. “Often, you're elated. Other times, you're disappointed. I did not write that particular joke and was disappointed to see it. It was insensitive and unnecessary.”
In response to another tweet, Oliver said, "It was disheartening and mean spirited. I've been wrestling with speaking up or not, but I had to. That joke doesn't represent who I am at all."
Oliver went on to say in a separate reply to Danielle Solzman, a transgender movie critic, that she was shocked to see the joke in the final cut.
Filmmaker Lena Waithe, a vocal LGTBQ advocate and openly gay woman, came to Oliver's defense on Twitter. She said Oliver is an ally and explained TV scripts can also be edited after a draft is turned in.
The film’s studio, Universal Pictures, has not responded to the criticism. The film, which also stars Marsai Martin and Issa Rae, was released in theaters April 12.