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

Thandie Newton may have put her foot in her mouth in a major way.

Or maybe she is fine and the Internet is overreacting. (Go ahead and tell us your take later, deal?)

Why? She made some eyebrow-raising comments about herself and Star Wars.

The Solo: A Star Wars Story actress recently chatted with The Guardian.

“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 stated. “Even Lupita Nyong’o’s character was CGI” (referring to the character Maz Kanata in The Force Awakens).


While she was probably using “dark-skinned” to mean a person of color in the context of Star Wars’ pretty pasty history, that’s not at all how Twitter took it.


Thandie soon apologized… Kinda… Sorta… Not Really? (You be the judge)

"Eugh I need to stop with the yap yap yappin’ and just BE the change in the world I wish to see 😔 @StarWarsMovies #Colorism".

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”.

[This was in regards to a message that read, “Don't be so hard on yourself. We're all complicit in our oppression every once in a while. Its just how the system is setup mama”.]


Thandie also shared a supporter's thoughts on the matter; "In US we have a diff color complex than other countries. I have a Brazilian friend who is very light by our standards but there she is dark. If you are any amnt of Blk in other countries you’re considered a dark person. We shld consider others’ perspectives apart from our own [...] 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."



So, what do you think?


Is this a miscommunication, a cultural mix-up or a huge, unforgivable faux pas?

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