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Why Amandla Stenberg Messaged a New York Times Film Critic

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“Bodies Bodies Bodies” is Amandla Stenberg’s latest film. But the actor is tired of what others think of his body, especially his chest.

The ‘Hate U Give’ star was the subject of social media drama on Thursday after sending a private message to New York Times film critic Lena Wilson on Wednesday. In his unfavorable opinion, Wilson wrote, without singling out Stenberg, that the Gen-Z thriller “doubles as a 95-minute commercial for Charli XCX’s cleavage and latest single.” In the film, Stenberg dons a tank top and cargo shorts.

“I said, ‘Great review. Maybe if you had your eyes on my t—, you could have watched the movie, “” Stenberg explained with a laugh in an Instagram Story Thursday. “I thought that was hilarious. I thought because Lena is gay – I’m gay too – I thought as gay people we would both find that comment funny.

Except Wilson didn’t seem to find it amusing. Instead, the writer tweeted Instagram’s private exchange and wondered if Stenberg, 23, had sent similar DMs to other film critics. Wilson also accused the actor of being homophobic.

“Always weird when homophobia comes from inside the house but that’s something,” Wilson tweeted. (She has since made her Twitter account private.)

Stenberg’s private message escalated into a wider Twitter controversy, with users expressing support for one or the other. Stenberg Where Wilson.

In Thursday’s Instagram Stories, Stenberg said she didn’t want her comment to Wilson to be taken seriously, but clarified that she wanted to draw attention to “the amount of feedback I’ve received on my boobs”, which has been happening since she was a teenager.

“I’m tired of people talking about my chest,” she added. “It seems to be in Hollywood, it’s not normal to have breasts above an A or B cup.”

Stenberg also acknowledged that Wilson’s “95 minute cleavage ad” line could have been a dig at the studio, A24, “sexualizing me, sexualizing my body, exploiting young women in order to sensationalize them to make their media popular. “.

But even if that was the case, Stenberg said, “There seems to be a lot of pointless talking around my chest that baffles me.”

Stenberg then defused the situation with a message for Wilson.

“Anyway, Lena, I found your review hilarious. I thought my DM was funny. I didn’t mean to harass you. I wish you no harm,” she said. you have the right to have your criticism of my work, and I have the right to have my criticism of your work. And that’s A-OK with me, and I wish you the best.

Stenberg cheekily concluded his Instagram story by thanking moviegoers who “saw our 95-minute cleavage ad.” And then she laughs again.