Starfire Actress Anna Diop Had the Best Response to Racist Hate

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Raffy Ermac

Racists have been sending Anna Diop hateful social media posts ever since unofficial photos leaked online yesterday of the actress (in costume) on set of the upcoming DC show Titans.

But to combat all the bigotry, Diop (who is set to play the iconic superheroine Starfire in the live-action adaptation of the beloved Teen Titans franchise) had the perfect response:

 

#Breezy To the ‘Titans’ fans: Yesterday a photo of me on set leaked online. And it was unfortunate because fans have been waiting MONTHS for a photo of ‘Starfire’ and a sloppy () photo of me on a curb in 15 degree weather is what they got instead For the sake of our incredible fans - I hated that this is the first picture people are seeing. It’s out of context and it’s a misrepresentation of the incredible character I get to play. And also a misrepresentation of the phenomenal production behind it all. With that said - the hate speech that followed was deplorable. And though I am highly unbothered I do want to use this as an opportunity to say that tearing people down is not something that I tolerate. For myself or anyone else. Too often social media is abused by some who find refuge in the anonymity and detachment it provides: misused 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 :) But for anyone out there who may not - I am here to remind you that whatever ugly and negative thing anyone ever chooses to say about you is always a reflection and revelation of themselves- it does NOT define you, and it certainly does NOT make you any less perfect than you are - Be you! Stay beautiful! Live breezy :) As always, Much love

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"Yesterday a photo of me on set leaked online, and it was unfortunate because fans have been waiting MONTHS for a photo of Starfire and a sloppy photo of me on a curb in 15 degree weather is what they got instead," Diop wrote in an Instagram post addressing the issue. "For the sake of our incredible fans, I hated that this is the first picture people are seeing. It’s out of context and it’s a misrepresentation of the incredible character I get to play. And also a misrepresentation of the phenomenal production behind it all. With that said, the hate speech that followed was deplorable."

She continued: 

"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. But for anyone out there who may not, I am here to remind you that whatever ugly and negative thing anyone ever chooses to say about you is always a reflection and revelation of themselves. It does NOT define you, and it certainly does NOT make you any less perfect than you are. Be you! Stay beautiful!"

While it sucks that an actress is getting hate for doing nothing wrong, we're so living for Diop's eloquent and amazing response. We can't wait to see her slay as Starfire! 

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