Twitter Gave Actress Alexandra Shipp A Lesson In Colorism…And She Didn’t Take It Well
Unfortunately, actress Alexandra Shipp has been on fans’ bad sides since she decided to take the starring role in the dreadful Lifetime Network Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. You know, the one that Zendaya considered but almost immediately wanted no parts of and the role of Missy was unrecognizable. Shipp was already getting a strong side-eye for that choice, but when she was cast as Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, she really became the target for harsh criticism from fans who were campaigning to see actress Lupita Nyong’o in the role.
The other night fans didn’t hesitate to go all the way in on Shipp’s choice of words in a thread that was started by a fan who merely asked if Shipp was excited to team up with Thor as Storm after news was released that Disney had officially taken ownership over Fox:
But Shipp quickly learned how hard these sci-fi fans go for theirs, and her enthusiasm was quickly shut down:
And unfortunately like her namesake, the s**t “Storm” began as fans decided to school Shipp on the difference between “colorism” and “racism”:
But in the end, one user helped put things in perspective and Shipp admitted that “words” weren’t her strong point:
When it comes to “Storm”, the fans have spoken and it is clear that Shipp is not that somebody to play the hero in their eyes. We hope after this exchange she is well aware that Black Twitter always comes with the receipts and next time she’ll try again to educate herself before becoming defensive. If y’all girl only knew some of the history and knowledge users had to share below, she could’ve avoided these awkward interactions. OK, I know you peep what I did there, but that Aaliyah movie was a mess that should’ve never happened and I’m still not over it.