Twitter went into a fury this week when photos leaked from the set of DC Comics’ live-action, Teen Titans-based series called Titans, which will air on DC’s upcoming streaming service.
While all of the outfits and looks were criticized, most of the fury was targeted toward Anna Diop, who portrays alien warrior princess Koriand’r, better known as Starfire. The character is traditionally white in the comics.
The Starfire we deserve vs the starfire we got. pic.twitter.com/ZBcncuD2wa
— The Mad Titan (@UncleTimi) April 11, 2018
You know I was about to REALLY complain about Starfire’s look in Titans. But, I remember that it’s an unofficial set pic and there’s probably a reasoning behind that scene.
Also, I remembered Anna Diop posted a video of her doing motion-capture CGI awhile back. pic.twitter.com/bU9ViuTz8b
— Gabriel Gonzalez (@GabeGeekzalez) April 11, 2018
Diop took to social media to respond to the criticism and says she has received harassment. She also spoke out on the look specifically, noting that the picture is out of context of the character’s look.
#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 ????
No word on a production timeline or when to expect Titans.