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I wish this asshole would shut the hell up. I didn't even think Alexandra Shipp's lightskinned tears could get even more aggressive and annoying but lo and behold I have been proven wrong again...making light of colorism and citing Lena Dunham as
It gets BETTER too. On top of Shipp dismissing colorism, she thinks colorism and racism can be defeated if you simply give lightskinned women more roles to prove that they are women.

Which kind All Lives Matter nonsense be this? Somebody come get ya girl 😩
And this is the nail in the coffin for me right here. Alexandra Shipp doesn't think it's the responsibility of lightskinned actresses to turn down roles they KNOW should go to darkskinned actresses because the studio will just give it to another lightskinned actress anyway.
The gag is we would (rightfully) crucify a White person if they said this because Whitewashing in any context is wrong and folx at every level have a responsibility to stop Whitewashing.
I mean, remember that whole thing with Ed Skrein and Hellboy and how BIG it was that he turned down the role and cited Whitewashing as the reason?
So why is now sidewashing (interchangeably casting Black/POC actors in roles they don't belong in--yeah that's a thing) deemed okay in Shipp's world?
Because I'ma keep it 100 with you Ms. Alexandra Shipp since it is clear you have no friends that are willing to:

It's not okay. And you may be Black but your experience as a lightskinned Black woman is NOT & will NEVER be comparable to my experience as a darkskinned Black woman!
So when I see lightskinned actresses like her up for roles that can and should be seeking out darkskinned women, I'm going to say something. I don't care if it hurts her feelings. Tough titties!
And the joke is on her because she really thinks colorism conversations like the one we had about #BlackPanther are just one-offs, but honey? Lemme be the first to tell you that this is only the beginning.
This isn't the 90s where even our favorite shows and movies could get away with blatant colorism and there was no widespread medium to call it out. The advent of social media--of Twitter--has changed that.

For the better too, contrary to the tears of people like Shipp.
So like...Shipp needs to strap herself in because *I* and many other darkskinned creatives/critics aren't going ANYWHERE.

Attempt to erase, ignore us, or speak over us at your own peril.
As for Shipp? I have nothing else to say to her other than there's a reason why her filmography sucks ass, but she somehow still gets roles.
There is a reason she was stuck with that godawful Aaliyah movie and that abysmal Drumline movie and that terrible Apocalypse movie and yet she is somehow still able to call herself and actress.
She's not talented. At all. She can't act act. At all. But nevertheless, she persists like annoying ass Lena Dunham (since she wants to cite her and all). And I'ma be honest, if that's not a blatant example of colorism, IDK what is 🤷🏾‍♀️
Because any darkskinned actress will tell you that if they had the nerve to star in back-to-back critically and commercially panned films like Shipp has, we would NEVER hear from them again.
So like...fuck her, and fuck colorism. And fuck everyone who tries to gaslight us about colorism and fuck your derailing ass lightskinned tears.
lol she really cited Issa and Lena in the same passage. I'm sick 😂
The gag is Issa Rae once said that "I'm rooting for everybody Black" & I'm sure Shipp would agree w/ that. But the thing is her version of the saying is not sincere if she's only rooting for Black people who look exactly like HER. And she refuses to get out of anyone else's way!
This wayward goat needs to just keep it 100 and say she is in this for herself and stop acting like she cares about other Black women or women of color or women in general. I need her to say it with her chest!
Now for the rest of you? Of us? While Shipp's comments have greatly perturbed me (as you can probably tell by my tweets), they have--oddly enough--inspired me to propose a a point about these inclusion riders we've been discussing.
This is for all creators/producers, but Black and POC creators especially:
If your promise of incorporating an inclusion rider does not address the specific & pervasive nature of colorism & shadism in Hollywood and the casting process, you are not serious about dismantling oppressive systems in Hollywood.

So, good luck! We'll be watching 😊
...And good morning to everyone except Alexandra Shipp and those who believe colorism is made up.
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