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8 of the Best Twitter Reactions to Joseph A. Califano’s Claim that Selma Was Lyndon B. Johnson’s Idea


Selma movie controversy While moviegoers were busy sharing their excitement and satisfaction after seeing the new movie Selma, former Lyndon B. Johnson domestic affairs chief Joseph A. Califano Jr. was penning a lengthy article for The Washington Post explaining why he felt the film was dishonest in its representation of the former president.

“The makers of the new movie Selma apparently just couldn’t resist taking dramatic, trumped-up license with a true story that didn’t need any embellishment to work as a big-screen historical drama,” he wrote in the article. “As a result, the film falsely portrays President Lyndon B. Johnson as being at odds with Martin Luther King Jr. and even using the FBI to discredit him, as only reluctantly behind the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and as opposed to the Selma march himself.”

His next few words really shook up the social media world.

“In fact, Selma was LBJ’s idea,” he wrote.

It didn’t take long before the Twitterverse sounded off.

From the hilariously sarcastic to the extremely insightful, here are some of the best responses to the LBJ controversy surrounding the movie Selma.

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