Anna Diop, who is set to portray Starfire in the new live-action series Titans, has been under a lot of fire lately due to leaked set photos. The images left fans with mixed feelings about whether or not the actors and the series represent the comic books as well as they could have.
Most of the comments made by the fans, however, were thrown in Diops’ direction specifically, whose character seems to be the least accurate in terms of similarity with her DC Comics counterpart.
— teen titans (@badpostitans) April 11, 2018
Truth be told, the choice of clothing (albeit existing in the comics as one user pointed out) and styling that we see on Anna Diop is far from the Starfire we know and love. However, those were not the only types of comments made. Slowly but surely, the comments became racist and cruel.
Anna Diop’s Response
The actress responded to the backlash through her Instagram account. She explained to the fans that the pictures they saw were merely standby and incomplete parts of the shoot. She also explained that they were not in any way even close to demonstrating the final results of an otherwise exceptional production.
For the sake of our incredible fans – I hated that this is the first picture people are seeing. It’s out of context and it’s a misrepresentation of the incredible character I get to play. And also a misrepresentation of the phenomenal production behind it all.
Diop went on to turn this unfortunate photo leak into a speech used to inspire her fans. Diop’s main point was that people are abusing social media and are utilizing it as a weapon. She used this opportunity to raise awareness to other important issues such as racism and harassment occurring on the web. In the end, she encouraged those who have been in this kind of situation, by reminding them to be themselves and to never change.
#Breezy 🖤 To the ‘Titans’ fans: Yesterday a photo of me on set leaked online. And it was unfortunate because fans have been waiting MONTHS for a photo of ‘Starfire’ and a sloppy (😐) photo of me on a curb in 15 degree weather is what they got instead 😂 For the sake of our incredible fans – I hated that this is the first picture people are seeing. It’s out of context and it’s a misrepresentation of the incredible character I get to play. And also a misrepresentation of the phenomenal production behind it all. With that said – the hate speech that followed was deplorable. And though I am highly unbothered 💅🏿 I do want to use this as an opportunity to say that tearing people down is not something that I tolerate. For myself or anyone else. Too often social media is abused by some who find refuge in the anonymity and detachment it provides: misused as a tool to harass, abuse, and spew hatred at others. This is weak, sad, and a direct reflection of the abuser. Racist, derogatory, and/or cruel comments have nothing to do with the person on the receiving end of that abuse. And because I know this – I’m unfazed 🙂 But for anyone out there who may not – I am here to remind you that whatever ugly and negative thing anyone ever chooses to say about you is always a reflection and revelation of themselves- it does NOT define you, and it certainly does NOT make you any less perfect than you are – Be you! Stay beautiful! Live breezy 🙂 As always, Much love 💕