Titans

Anna Diop has released a statement regarding leaked photos of her as DC Comics’ Starfire on the ‘Titans‘ set. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV are planning on adapting the popular ‘Teen Titans’ for a live-action TV series. The show will air exclusively on DC’s exclusive streaming platform that has yet to launch. ‘Titans’ will be one of the platform’s premiere original shows, along with the long-awaited ‘Young Justice’ season 3.

So far, a handful of photos have been released showing off ‘Titans’’ cast, but Starfire had yet to be seen. So when set photos leaked online yesterday revealing Diop as DC’s Starfire, it was a big deal. Unfortunately, the response was far from positive, because humans are the worst.

In reaction, ‘Titans’ actress Anna Diop has taken to social media to defend and explain her look, as well as fire back at the hate speech she’s received due to the set photos and in response to her casting as Starfire overall.

Diop expressed her disappointment in the set photos on her Instagram, saying the appearance of Starfire in the photos aren’t representative of what the character will look like in ‘Titans.’ Not only was the photo taken while Diop was “on a curb in 15-degree weather,” it just doesn’t show the effort that has gone into ‘Titans’ in bringing the famous character to life. Diop explained:

“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’s most important point referred to the upsetting comments she’s received regarding the color of her skin. Diop explained that, personally, she is “highly unbothered” by these comments, but that doesn’t mean she finds them at all tolerable. Diop wrote:

“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!”

 

#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 💕

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Stayed tuned for more information on ‘Titans’ as it becomes available!