Alexandra Shipp Receives Backlash After Only Naming Light-Skinned Actresses For Her Ideal X-Men Movie
Alexandra Shipp is no stranger to receiving criticism online. And she’s getting much more lately thanks to comments she made during a recent interview. Shipp plays young Storm in the latest X-Men installment called Dark Phoenix. While promoting the film, she agreed that her character, which Halle Berry has played in the past, should get a spotlight of her own. Shipp said,
“This is what I’ve come up with. I think it would be really cool if you had me and Halle [Berry] both teaming up together and fighting a baddie. We have to save the planet past, future, present… maybe throw Yara [Shahidi] in there, have her be the young one, or Amandla [Stenberg] be like the younger one. I feel like it would be really cool. I feel like you just gotta get a whole bunch of storms together. Because then people will just be like, ‘Oh my gosh that’s so much storm.'”
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) May 23, 2019
While she was clearly proud of her idea, she faced a ton of backlash on social media as fans called her out for only listing light-skinned actresses.
Light skin and mixed actresses when they see Alexandra Shipp go down a list to pick them for this beige Storm fan fiction movie. pic.twitter.com/3ykcsbSIBk
— Skinnywise (@andthehound) May 25, 2019
all the X-Men actors have moved on and settled with the FACT that they’re all getting recasted, and Alexandra Shipp’s colorist ass is still holding on to this fantasy. Babygirl let it go, you’re a colorist and you were a terrible storm. It’s the end of an era boo. pic.twitter.com/IibNEFCkdj
— ?. (@probIemthots) May 23, 2019
Interestingly enough, Shipp has faced criticism since she was first signed on to play Storm. Fans made it clear they wanted If Beale Street Could Talk star KiKi Layne to take on the role.
She had a message of her own back in January and tweeted,
“I won’t ever bad mouth a fellow actor. I won’t ever actively try to take another hard working actors job. Y’all can keep trying to pin black women against each other but it won’t work on me, honey. Stay blessed.”
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