Why Amandla Stenberg messaged a New York Times film critic

Bodies Bodies Bodies is the latest film in Amandla Stenberg’s oeuvre. But the actor is fed up with what other people think of her body — especially her chest.

On Thursday, the “Hate U Give” star was the subject of social media drama after she privately messaged New York Times film critic Lena Wilson on Wednesday. In her unfavorable review, Wilson wrote, without acknowledging Stenberg, that the Gen-Z thriller “serves as a 95-minute advertisement for Charli XCX’s cleavage and latest single.” In the film, Stenberg wears a tank top and cargo shorts.

“I said, ‘Great review. Maybe if you got my eyes you could have seen the movie,” Stenberg laughed in an Instagram story on Thursday. “I found it hilarious. I thought because Lena is gay – I’m gay too – I thought that as gay people we would both find that comment funny.”

Only Wilson didn’t seem to find that amusing. Instead, the author tweeted the private Instagram exchange, wondering if Stenberg, 23, had sent similar DMs to other film critics. Wilson also accused the actor of being homophobic.

“It’s always weird when the homophobia comes out of the house but this is something,” Wilson tweeted. (She has since made her Twitter account private.)

Stenberg’s private message turned into a major controversy on Twitter, with users supporting both Stenberg or Wilson.

In Thursday’s Instagram Stories, Stenberg said she didn’t want to take her comment about Wilson seriously, but clarified that she wanted to draw attention to “the amount of comments I’ve received about my boobs” that had happened since she was a teenager.

“I get tired of people talking about my chest,” she added. “It seems to be in Hollywood that it’s not normal to have breasts that are above an A or B cup.”

Stenberg also acknowledged that Wilson’s “95-minute advert for cleavage” could have been a dig at studio A24 for “sexualizing me, sexualizing my body, exploiting young women to make them sensationalist to their media.” to make popular”.

But even if that were the case, Stenberg said, “There seems to be a lot of unwarranted talk around my chest that kind of baffles me.”

Stenberg then defused the situation with a message for Wilson.

“Anyway Lena, I found your review hilarious. I found my DM funny. I dont want to bother you. I wish you no harm,” she said. “You may voice your criticism of my work and I may voice my criticism of your work. And that’s A-OK for me, and I wish you the best.”

Stenberg cheekily ended her Instagram Story by thanking moviegoers who “watched our 95-minute commercial for cleavage.” And then she laughed again.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-18/amandla-stenberg-new-york-times-critic-lena-wilson-dm-bodies-bodies-bodies Why Amandla Stenberg messaged a New York Times film critic

Sarah Ridley

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