“Bodies Bodies Bodies” star Amandla Stenberg snapped at a lesbian film critic for staring at her chest instead of watching the slasher flick she was supposed to be viewing.
New York Times critic Lena Wilson said that the Pete Davidson horror-comedy “doubles as a 95-minute advertisement for cleavage and Charli XCX’s latest single,” and Stenberg sent her a DM on Instagram to express her displeasure at being ogled.
“Your review was great. Maybe if you had gotten your eyes off my tits you would’ve watched the movie!” The actress wrote according to a screengrab.
Wilson shot back, “Hey, Amandla! Generally a big fan of your work, but this sure is something. Really wishing you well in your career and life. Have a nice night.” The writer then blocked Stenberg on the social platform, and shared their conversation on Twitter.
In a follow-up post she wrote, “Always weird when the homophobia is coming from inside the house but this is something.”
Stenberg defended her reaction in a lengthy Twitter video on Thursday, noting that she thought the experience was “hilarious” until she was called “homophobic” for her reaction.
“I thought because Lena is gay, I am also gay, I thought as gay people we would both find this comment funny,” Stenberg stated. “I was also curious to know what Lena would say to such a statement, but Lena decided to publish it and also say that I am homophobic for saying that.”
The “Dear Evan Hansen” star said that she has been subjected to “commentary” on her breasts since she was a teenager, and despite however modestly she dresses, the size of her chest provokes “some sort” of commentary.
“And so I do get tired of people talking about my chest,” she continued. “It seems to be in Hollywood it’s not normal to have boobs that are above an A or a B cup. I’ve actually noticed this as my time as an actress. There seems to be a lot of unwarranted conversation around my chest that kind of baffles me.”
Then took a parting shot at Wilson, who has since made her Twitter account private. “You are allowed to make criticisms of my work, and I am allowed to have my criticisms of your work, and that is A-OK with me,” Stenberg pointed out. “Thanks to anyone who has gone to see our 95-minute advertisement for cleavage.”
Amandla Stenberg defends messaging ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ critic Lena Wilson:
“I do get tired of people talking about my chest … you are allowed to have your criticism on my work and I’m allowed to have my criticisms of your work. I wish you the best.” pic.twitter.com/OkxEXWZMW1
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 18, 2022