CEDAR PARK, TEXAS - It hasn't been a terribly long time since fans and critics alike voiced their opinions over the new aesthetic of the 'Teen Titans' live-action tv series adaption. Much of the early criticism centered on the costumes, the people writing the story, and of course--StarFire being a black woman.
Not only has the recent 'Titans' trailer attracted all the familiar, racist, sexist remarks regarding actress Anne Diop's portrayal of StarFire, fans of the series have directly attacked Diop on social media and she's shutdown her Instagram. The actress actually responded to the initial round of race-powered backlash with this post she made on her Instagram:
Too often, social media is abused by some who find refuge in the anonymity and detachment it provides: misued as a tool to harass, abuse, and spew hatred at others. This is weak, sad, and a direct reflection of the abuser. Racist, derogatory, and/or cruel comments have nothing to do with the person on the receiving end of that abuse. And because I know this, I'm unfazed :)
Unfortunately, she did eventually shut down her Instagram account as the cyber bullying and trolling had become to much for her to have to deal with. And she shouldn't have too. It serves as yet another reminder as to how Black women in the industry are treated. Even with overwhelmingly positive support from fans in the industry, Diop is still catching unwarranted flack.
Here's the 18+ 'Titans' trailer that debut back at SDCC: