Actress Thandie Newton is coming under fire - for claiming that she is a "dark skinned" Black woman.
Thandie, who is biracial. has traditionally been seen as "light-skinned" by most of her fans. That's why her recent statement has people around her stunned.
“I am the first dark-skinned woman in a lead role in the Star Wars legacy, which is both great… and awful." Thandie's playing Val in the new film Solo: A Star Wars Story. She was speaking out about how she's the first 'dark skinned' woman ever in the movie genre.
Thandie is from Great Britain, so she may have been using the term "dark skinned" to refer to any woman of color.
She recently said in an interview:
“I just didn’t see television as being reflective of stories I was interested in,” she says. “But I wanted to be home more, and TV was changing, and my agent said: ‘If you want to work in British TV, this is it – Line of Duty.’”
“Women can be the most dangerous allies to the patriarchal system,” she continues. “Because of what they have to deal with to get into positions of authority. And, just as a side note, I don’t believe that the patriarchal system has been built by men; it’s been built by fear. It’s not gendered.”
“I can’t bear how my whole identity gets tied up with it. It’s like I’m a trademark for sexual abuse. But it caused me a lot of pain, because I thought there was something wrong with me that I couldn’t stop.”