Tim Burton came under fire on social media over his explanation on why his new movie's cast is overwhelmingly white.

The major characters in Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" are all white, save for Samuel L. Jackson's Barron.

"Nowadays, people are talking about it more, (but) things either call for things, or they don’t. I remember back when I was a child watching ‘The Brady Bunch’ and they started to get all politically correct, like, OK, let’s have an Asian child and a black — I used to get more offended by that than just — I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies."

Jackson commented that "Tim's a really great guy" and that he doesn't think the lack of diversity is "any fault of his or his method of storytelling."

The comments made Burton a trending topic on Twitter on Thursday, with many criticizing the director for his response.

Some, however, defended the director. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.