Actress Amandla Stenberg has doubled down on her decision to message a film critic after reading a disappointing review for her new on-screen adventure, ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’.
New York Times writer Lena Wilson said that while the film – which has 89% on Rotten Tomatoes – isn’t “bad”, it’s certainly “not special”. (The Post’s review of the film gave it four out of five stars.)
“The only thing that really sets ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ apart is its place in the A24 hype machine, where it doubles as a 95-minute commercial for cleavage and Charli XCX’s latest single,” Wilson wrote in his criticism.
The criticism apparently struck a chord with Stenberg, who fired back at the writer with a stern message via an Instagram DM.
“Maybe if you had looked away from my t-ts you could have watched the movie,” read the DM.
On Thursday, Stenberg defended his decision to message the film critic as she shared a candid clip on social media on the exchange.
“I get a lot of comments on the internet for being a very naughty girl and for sending a DM which I found hilarious,” Stenberg said in the video.
“There’s a movie critic and her name is Lena Wilson. She described [‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’] like a 95 minute ad for cleavage,” which I found hilarious. I am proud that a work in which I participated was described as such in such a renowned publication.
“I thought that was hilarious. I thought because Lena is gay, and I’m also gay…as gay people, we’d both find that comment funny. I was also curious to know what Lena would say of such a statement. Lena decided to publish it and also says that I am homophobic for saying that.
Stenberg said she texted Wilson because she was sick of being objectified on her chest.
“It’s quite surprising the amount of comments I get about my boobs,” Stenberg said. “I wrote this tank top in this movie because me and the costume designer felt it fit the character well. I’m tired of people talking about my chest. There seems to be a lot of unwarranted conversation about my chest .
Still, the actress said she found Wilson’s review “hilarious” and said she “didn’t mean to harass” the writer.
“I wish you no harm. You have the right to have your criticism of my work and I have the right to have my criticism of your work. I wish you the best,” she added.
Wilson said she first posted the screenshot exposing the actress’ message because she didn’t want “this person who has more social power than me to think it’s okay to do something like that”. And that’s all.”