Actress Amandla Stenberg took another jab at New York Times film critic Lena Wilson after an initial online spat that began when Stenberg took offense to part of Wilson’s review of the black comedy/horror film “Bodies Bodies Bodies.”
“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 advertisement for cleavage and Charli XCX’s latest single,” Wilson wrote in her review.
The 23-year-old Stenberg believed, without evidence, that Wilson’s remarks were specifically directed at her. She struck back in an Instagram DM and wrote, “Maybe if you had gotten ur eyes off my t-ts you could’ve watched the movie.”
Wilson defended herself and wondered, “Do you think she Instagram DM’d Alison Willmore, Justin Chang, and Anthony Lane like this or..,” referring to fellow critics who also reviewed the film.
“Always weird when the homophobia is coming from inside the house but this is something,” Wilson added in a later tweet which read, “Me: (spends one line of a 500-word review facetiously commenting on how A24 objectifies young women to sell content),” she went on. “Random men on Twitter dot com and also, apparently, Amandla Stenberg: Local Dyke Cannot Stop Talking About Boobies.”
On Thursday, the ostensibly scorned actress followed up her written response with a video clip on Twitter.
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
“I’m receiving a lot of commentary on the internet for being a very naughty girl and for sending a DM that I thought was hilarious,” Stenberg said in the video.
“There’s a film critic and her name is Lena Wilson. She described [‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’] as a 95-minute advertisement for cleavage,’ which I thought was hilarious. I’m proud that a piece of work I was a part of was described as such in such a renowned publication.”
“I thought it was hilarious. I thought because Lena is gay, and I am also gay…as gay people, we would both find this comment funny. I was also curious to know what Lena would say to such a statement. Lena decided to publish it and also says that I am homophobic for saying that.”
“It’s quite surprising the amount of commentary I receive on my boobs,” Stenberg said. “I wore this tank top in this movie because me and the costume designer thought that it fit the character well. I do get tired of people talking about my chest…There seems to be a lot of unwarranted conversation about my chest.”
“I do not wish you any harm. You are allowed to have your criticisms on my work and I’m allowed to have my criticisms of your work…I wish you the best,” she added.
Wilson defended her actions and said she had decided to make Stenberg’s DM public because she didn’t want “this person who has more social power than me to think that it’s f–king okay to do something like this. And that’s all.”
Many on social media simply chalked it up to typical Hollywood nonsense.
That review didn’t warrant a DM at all… get a grip
— ✍🏼 (@BIjsbrant) August 18, 2022
God you didn’t even talk about her in your review?? People are truly losing their grasp on reality
— sam 🤠✨ (@_SamVargas_) August 18, 2022
Who’s cleavage then? pic.twitter.com/MjBcKobXWQ
— Alton Maine (@AltonMaine) August 18, 2022
any critic (a New York Times critic! the very top of her profession!) “devastated” by a flippant DM from an actress might not be psychologically equipped for such a public facing position. it wasn’t that harsh.
— seamus (@casual_slander) August 18, 2022
But the critic was criticing A24’s marketing and not Amandla’s body so…
— Swolku (@JerbearFreeman) August 18, 2022
“You’re allowed to have your criticism” but is she? Bc if she’d dm’d Amandla her critiques directly like Amandla felt empowered to do to her, this would be a completely different story and everyone would consider that wildly inappropriate and unprofessional of her.
— Chlöe’s Fav Fan (@p4blobackagain) August 18, 2022
The film has an 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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