.@AlexShipppp on getting the role of Storm in 2016's 'X-Men: Apocalypse': "When I auditioned for the role, I wasn’t like, 'Oh man, I’m not dark enough.' I was like, 'Finally, this is my moment'" https://t.co/zizSYT6V6d— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 6, 2018
X-Men: Apocalypse actress Alexandra Shipp still apparently hasn't grasped the concept of colorism (see these previous posts) - in an interview with Glamour Magazine, Shipp continued to ignorantly address the criticism she faced for playing Storm in the 2016 film, with some telling quotes:
- "[I tweeted back] at people who criticized me for not having dark enough skin for my role in X-Men because we’re not going to have this conversation about a cartoon character. You’re not going to tell me that my skin color doesn’t match a Crayola from 1970."
You guys act like i dont want every skin tone represented on TV smh who would ever want that? This conversation about Storm is so stupid, I’m out. Y’all don’t know me and probably never will. If i lose my job to another actress, i hope it’s for her talent and grace, not her skin.— Alexandra Shipp (@AlexShipppp) December 14, 2017
- On auditioning for Storm: "I wasn’t like, 'Oh man, I’m not dark enough.' I was like, 'Finally, this is my moment. I’m not playing Harriet Tubman with a prosthetic nose and darkening my skin tone. I would never do that."
- Says that she never plans on silencing herself despite the "trolling" she receives on social media: "I hope to never censor the things that come out of my mouth. Male actors have always been able to be way more opinionated when it comes to politics. As actresses, we only get to do things like help the hungry children," she said. "Take Angelina Jolie. She’s political in her actions, but you don’t know her opinion on Trump. I think people should speak their truth."
- "I’m exactly who I want to be every single day. I know it might be my demise — I’ll check back in with you in a couple years and see how it’s working out — but I’m my own artist," she added. "You can’t be a great artist without having a huge opinion."
Alexandra Shipp is so disrespectful to darker skinned Black women. Why does she stay reducing their color to a Crayola? Never mind. Fuck her forever and a day.— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) July 6, 2018
Alexandra Shipp is so ignorant. Storm should not be played by a light skinned biracial woman. Storm is Kenyan and dark skin in the comics and that’s how she should be cast. Tired of Hollywood erasing darker skinned black woman with biracial actresses.— Liviet (@beautifullstyle) July 6, 2018
One day we’ll realize Scarlet Johansson and Alexandra Shipp say nonsense not because they don’t know, but because they want to defend their right to be selfish.— black-onion king (@blackonionking) July 6, 2018
ONTD, do you compare darker skin tones to crayons to try and prove a point?