Sunday, January 17, 2021

Michaela Coel on Internet Trolls: ‘Life Is Tricky Enough Being A Black Woman’

*Michaela Coel says she no longer cares what haters and Internet trolls think about her.  

“The I May Destroy You” star spoke in WSJ. Magazine‘s November Innovator issue about how she previously handled the criticism she received about her appearance. 

Cole admits that her previous hit series “Chewing Gum” “was probably the time when I looked for people’s opinions, and some of it hurt quite a lot,” she says. 

The British actress claims she doesn’t pay attention to comments about her on social media these days, “because it doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do.”

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“Life is tricky enough navigating being a woman, being a black woman, being a dark-skinned woman in England on television. It’s so hard,” Coel adds. 

Elsewhere in the interview, she shares her thoughts on the media’s treatment toward Black women.

“Who would have known that we would be where we are right now politically, in terms of police brutality, racism, the coronavirus and the inherent sort of strange biases that this virus has? Although everything is heartbreaking, I feel quite grateful to be able to present a show to the world that humanizes us right now,” Coel tells the publication. 

“I think that since the media has really even existed, it has dehumanized black people. In many ways, it’s dehumanized and disempowered women. To be within the media, to challenge that, and to present us as fluid, multi-dimensional human people, just like everybody else, feels like a really amazing privilege,” she adds. 

What do you think about Michaela Coel’s reason for ignoring her haters? Sound off in the comments.

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 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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