Thandie Newton is getting some pretty harsh backlash after comments she made about herself and position in the history of Star Wars.
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.
Saying 'Black' would have been enough. And part of my skeptical ass is hoping her conflation of dark-skinned and etc was an accident. Because Thandie is v FAR from lightskinned. pic.twitter.com/NUzHacuPWL— Clarkisha Kent: Space Deebo Must Die (@IWriteAllDay_) May 19, 2018
Thandie Newton the color of milquetoast calling herself dark skinned. I’m so tired of the tragic mulatto shit.— Whoremione Granger (@dreeyuhh) May 20, 2018
thandie “paper bag” newton rly tryna claim shes dark skinned? does she not own a mirror or....— nobody knows its a JO crystal (@soft_b0y) May 19, 2018
Thandie Newton is dark skinned... to whom? pic.twitter.com/AHUSopjBos— Erica, a Star-Lord apologist (@soulflora) May 20, 2018
Well, this had Thandie Newton sort of apologizing...
And then she brought up her resumé...
Thank you. I’m literally crying from the harsh criticism, when I’ve spent my adult life fighting oppression against women of colour, in Africa and everywhere @VDay @AAPolicyForum It’s a day to be with my children and remember what love is x https://t.co/GyUwXyO9IT— Thandie Newton (@thandienewton) May 20, 2018
Some even came to Newton's defense, claiming that terminology about race is different in England compared to the United States.
The dark skin/light skin is largely an American construct. That’s not to say that colorism doesn’t exist it’s just different. In most Euro countries if you are not white you’re dark.— Ellie's Mommy (@poetess531) May 19, 2018
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.
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