New ‘Three Billboards’ Controversy: It Was Stolen From the Olsen Twins Album

Obviously this is a fan’s joke. Unless it’s the thread that unravels the deepest conspiracy of our time.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a frontrunner for several Oscars this Sunday — including probably Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, and possibly Best Picture. It is also the source of some controversy for Rockwell’s racist cop character.

But a writer recently revealed a new controversy — that this award-winning movie was stolen from Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s 1998 movie “Billboard Dad.”

As the Oscars draw near, I feel as though something needs to be said about the irresponsibility of Three Billboards. A thread:

— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) February 26, 2018

Martin McDonagh stole the plot of ‘Three Billboards’ from 1998 cinematic tour de force ‘Billboard Dad,’ in which Mary-Kate and Ashley repurpose a local billboard as a personal ad for their lonesome father.

— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) February 26, 2018

You might’ve been stunned by Frances McDormand’s brutal portrayal of Mildred Hayes. Many people don’t know this, but the character was actually inspired by MK & A’s Tess & Emily Tyler, two bull-headed women who stopped at nothing in pursuit of righteousness for their bloodline.

— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) February 26, 2018

I’ve seen some very powerful and valid criticism of ‘Three Billboards,’ but I can’t hold my tongue any longer: Mary-Kate and Ashley were the first women to erect a billboard demanding justice for a greater cause.

— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) February 26, 2018

I’m so glad we’re finally telling stories about persistent, driven, complex women, but let’s not forget the feminist warriors who blazed the trail for actresses like Frances McDormand. Thank you /Thread

— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) February 26, 2018

Wow. You got it, dude!

Twitter picked up on the scent, and agreed she was on to something.

NOW the polarized takes make a lot more sense.

— Matt DeMello (@Marionmarooned) February 28, 2018

recently asked my grandma if she saw three billboards yet and she said “no…but I did see billboard dad…over, and over, and over again” nvr forget

— bridget parker (@beeparksss) February 26, 2018

Honestly, where is the lie?

— Cady Lang (@cadylang) February 27, 2018

You, a plebe: three billboards starring Frances mcdormand

Me, impeccable taste: billboard dad starring Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

— duloxeteenage dirtbag (@mai_treat) December 20, 2017

All of this beautiful truth. Find out if “Three Billboards” takes the top prize over “The Shape of Water” when the Academy Awards air this Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Here’s the full list of nominations.

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