Saturday, September 25, 2021

Thandie Newton Responds to Outrage Over Saying She’s ‘The First Dark-Skinned Woman in Star Wars’

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*When Thandie Newton accepted the role of Val in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” she was certain her presence would mark the first time a dark skin black woman would be featured in the franchise.

But when #BlackTwitter recently caught wind of her comments on the matter, yet another colorism war of words erupted online.

In an interview with The Guardian, Newton said: “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. Even Lupita Nyong’o’s character was CGI.”

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Donald Glover, Thandie Newton @ “Solo” premiere.

As you can imagine, her comments didn’t sit too well with Black folk.

Check out some of their responses on Twitter below:

But Ms. Thandie had some support… and the actress fired off a response to the critics.

Newton took to Twitter to post that she was “literally crying from the harsh criticism” over her truth, and she responded by reminding all haters that she has spent her adult life “fighting oppression” against women of color.

Check out her response below:

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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