In the upcoming Showtime series, Idris Elba, Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay play activists in London attempting to free a political prisoner in the 1970s. Viewers who attended a London screening of the series couldn’t help but notice the lack of Black women revolutionaries being depicted. The Hollywood Reporter reports that during the Q&A segment, one attendee asked, “Surely, Black women existed in the ’70’s, and in the movement. But, why aren’t they on the screen?”
Ridley responded, “I said previously, I think the characters in this story are complicated across the board, so the concept that any one person is somehow better, or more elevated, or more appropriate than any other individual, I’m sorry, I don’t accept that.” The Oscar winner continued, “I don’t want to make this overly personal, but part of why I chose to have a mixed-race couple at the center of this is that I’m in a mixed-race relationship. The things that are being said here, and how we are often received, is very equivalent to what’s going on right now. My wife is a fighter, my wife is an activist, and yet, because our races are different, there are a lot of things we have to still put up with.”
Ridley defended his comments on Monday amid criticism, saying that it was odd to hear that people “feel as though I’m not putting enough women of color in spaces.” He continued, “I would say very sincerely to anybody, if they find fault with what I’m doing or how I’m doing it, you don’t need to wait for me to tell your stories. You don’t need anybody’s permission to go out and tell the story you want to tell.”
Guerrilla premieres on Showtime on Sunday, April 16. Check out his comments in the clip above.
The Internet Highlights Discrimination Black Women Face In The Office With #BlackWomenAtWork
1. Jurnee Smollett chimed in on black women at work in Hollywood.
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Me: hey I really loved this script..is that role open?— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) March 29, 2017
Them: Oh, we aren't will to "go ethnic" on that role #BlackWomenAtWork in Hollywood
2. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood knows all about the trending topic.
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Pulling into my own reserved parking space and being told by a random WW that cleaning people can't park there. #BlackWomenAtWork— Gina Prince-Bythewood (@GPBmadeit) March 28, 2017
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I'm always aware of how my hair, demeanor, voice/tone, clothes, etc. are perceived by others in the workplace. #BlackWomenAtWork— Latoya. (@ljamestorrance) March 29, 2017
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5. (Not so) micro-aggression.
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*Dad sends gift to office.— Razz (@SweetRazzberrie) March 28, 2017
Boss: "I didn't know you had a dad!" #BlackWomenAtWork
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I was told at that awful job from the first story to wear slacks not pencil skirts because I was "shapely" #BlackWomenatWork— micia (@DeMiciaValon) March 28, 2017
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#BlackWomenAtWork Asian man judge told me in court I "obviously had too much time on my hands because I have time to keep changing my hair"— Poor But Privileged (@luvthispayne) March 28, 2017
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#BlackWomenAtWork Called aggressive because I didn't feel like smiling that day.— Mizz P. (@mizzpnyc) March 29, 2017
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SMH: John Ridley Says This Is Why He Erased Black Women From His Series ‘Guerilla’ was originally published on globalgrind.com