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No, Amandla Stenberg Wasn't Homophobic For DMing Lena Wilson

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Amandla Stenberg and Lena Wilson have set Film Twitter on fire. Wilson, a lesbian film critic who writes reviews for the New York Times, revealed that the Bodies, Bodies, Bodies star had direct messaged her privately on Instagram, criticizing her review of the film and saying that “maybe if you had gotten ur eyes off my tits you coul’dve watched the movie.” Wilson posted a screenshot of the DM along with the comments, “Do you think she Instagram DM’d Alison Wilmore, Justin Chang, and Anthony Lane like this or…” and “always weird when the homophobia is coming from inside the house, but this is something.” Both Stenberg and Wilson have since clarified and commented on their actions, with Stenberg saying that they thought their DM to Wilson was “funny” and that she didn’t mean it to be an attack.

She pointed out that she’s faced years of sexualization and objectification for her body while in Hollywood and that her character wearing a tank top in the movie shouldn’t have been a big deal. “I thought it was hilarious.

I thought because Lena is gay, I am also gay, I thought as gay people we would both find this comment funny,” Stenberg said on Instagram. “I was also curious to know what Lena would say to such a statement, but Lena decided to publish it and also says that I am homophobic for saying that.” “The intention of why I said that, and this is my experience as an actress,” they continued. “It’s quite surprising.

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