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.
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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.