Titans Leaked Photos Controversy

Titans Leaked Photos Controversy

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Updated Feb 20, 2019 at 05:44PM EST by Brad.

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Titans Leaked Photos Controversy refers to an online controversy regarding reactions toward behind-the-scenes photographs for the upcoming live-action superhero film Titans based on the Teen Titans animated series.


On April 11th, 2018, the @badpostitans[5] Twitter feed posted several photographs from the Titans set filming in Toronto, Canda (shown below).


Online Reaction

That day, artist Gabriel Picolo tweeted an illustration based on the photograph of Beast Boy and Raven (shown below).[4]

picolo @ deadlines @_gabrielpicolo Don't mind me l'm just testing omething

Meanwhile, YouTuber RNS Entertainment posted a video criticizing the photograph of Diop portrayal of the character Starfire (shown below).

On April 16th, Imgur[6] user imapirateandimcommandeeringyourpie posted a photoshopped alternate version of Diop as Starfire (shown below). On April 14th, Redditor JustJoeB submitted a post asking "What's going on with the leaked pictures of the Teen Titans TV show?" to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[1]

This is Anna Diop. She is going to play Starfire in the upcoming TV show "Titans" This is how she's gonna look like This is what we could have gotten (random picture I found on google) l say don't blame the actress, blame the director

Anna Diop's Response

On April 12th, Diop posted a photograph of herself to Instagram addressing the photograph, referring to the reactions as "hate speech" (shown below). Within four days, the post gained over 10,400 likes.

#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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Instagram Comments

On July 19th, 2018, the official trailer for the film was released, which received more than 1.5 million views and 21,000 comments within the first week (shown below).

On July 20th, the @badpostitans[9] Twitter feed tweeted that Diop "has disabled her Instagram comments due to disgusting racist attacks" following the release of the trailer (shown below).

teen titans @badpostitans [NEWS] Anna Diop (Starfire) has disabled her instagram comments due to disqusting racist attacks since yesterday's #Titans trailer. Racism is never okay and has no place in the DC family.

On July 22nd, the comic book news site ComicBook.com[7] reported that Diop had disabled comments on "the vast majority" of her Instagram posts. On July 24th, The Root[8] published an article titled "Racist Comic Fans Run Titans Star Off Instagram for Not Being the Right Kind of Black." On July 25th, a Moments page titled "Fans defend Anna Diop after backlash for her role as Starfire" was featured on Twitter,[10] highlighting tweets written in support of Diop.

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Literally nobody is spewing hate speech about that photo. Starfire is not even human, so it is not like anyone should be demanding a white actress for a character that technically does not have a race. She simply looks like a hooker there. That is just a fact.

Now, if the photo was truly taken out of context and that is not how she will look in the final version, then that is good, and hopefully the actual character looks better… but you know, none of the other leaked Titans images look much better, so I am not holding out much hope for it, anyway.

Not every single little negative thing said surrounding black people is "hate speech".


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