Thandie Newton Is Getting Dragged For Claiming She Was The First 'Dark-Skinned' Actress In 'Star Wars'

pose for photographers at a photocall for Solo: A Star Wars Story at The Trafalgar Hotel on May 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Thandie Newton Is Getting Dragged For Claiming She Was The First 'Dark-Skinned' Actress In 'Star Wars'

She responded to the comment after the backlash.

Published May 20, 2018

Thandie Newton is getting some pretty harsh backlash after comments she made about herself and position in the history of Star Wars.

  1. An actress in the Solo: A Star Wars Story, she recently sat down with The Guardian and made a claim that had social media ready to pounce.

    “I am the first dark-skinned woman in a lead role in the Star Wars legacy, which is both great, that it is finally a correction, and awful, that it’s taken this long,” she said. “Even Lupita Nyong’o’s character was CGI” – referring to the character Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens.

    Newton was probably thinking to herself that dark-skinned meant person of color in the context of Star Wars’ super white history. Unfortunately, that’s not how Twitter saw it.

  2. Well, this had Thandie Newton sort of apologizing...

  3. And then she brought up her resumé...

  4. Some even came to Newton's defense, claiming that terminology about race is different in England compared to the United States.

  5. What do you think? Are people being to hard on Thandie Newton, especially considering her work to eradicate racism and promote Black positivity? Let us know in the comment section below.

Written by Paul Meara

Photo: Tim Whitby/Getty Images

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