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Alexandra Shipp Addresses Critics Questioning Whether Her Skin Is Dark Enough to Play Storm in 'X-Men'

Alexandra Shipp Addresses Critics Questioning Whether Her Skin Is Dark Enough to Play Storm in 'X-Men'

Alexandra Shipp is speaking out in the August 2018 issue of Glamour, out now.

Here’s what the 26-year-old X-Men star had to say…

On being vocal as an artist: “Male actors have always been able to be way more opinionated when it comes to politics. As actresses, we only get to do things like help the hungry children. Take Angelina Jolie. She’s political in her actions, but you don’t know her opinion on Trump. I think people should speak their truth. I don’t give a f–k. I’m me. I’m exactly who I want to be every single day. I know it might be my demise—I’ll check back in with you in a couple years and see how it’s working out—but I’m my own artist, and you can’t be a great artist without having a huge opinion.”

On responding to critics who questioned her skin color: “”[I tweeted back] at people who criticized me for not having dark enough skin for my role in X-Men because we’re not going to have this conversation about a cartoon character. You’re not going to tell me that my skin color doesn’t match a Crayola from 1970. Growing up, when I was reading the comics, I pictured her looking like me. For any black girl, for there to be a black superhero, we picture them looking like us.”

On speaking up: “The time is up for people in this industry being opinionless. If I was sitting here giving you all the answers you wanted to hear, keeping my political [beliefs] to myself, I would be acting. And that would be a really boring interview.”

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  • Ausangel01

    So in 1 breath you’re telling people that you are you and in the next telling others to be something else. Maybe Angelina and others don’t feel like it’s their place to force their Political views on the public. Maybe they’re living their truth so who are you to preach that they need to change?!?

  • myfddream .

    She’s a joke and just need to be ignored. She know’s deep down she does not fit the part of Storm. Since she so political, why don’t she just admit it. Storm should be played by a dark skin African or full African American, NOT a light to almost white skin biracial woman. Where was her voice and her political views when they messed up Storm’s entire background in X-men Apocalypse. Did she not fight letting the studio know what changing significant parts of Storm would not be good and would upset majority of the consumers. I hope so bad that Disney get the rights to X-men and recast Storm.

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