The film critic who leaked a series of DMs from actress Amandla Stenberg has deleted her Twitter and TikTok accounts.
Lena Wilson, a freelance writer at The New York Times, had been attacked for her response to Stenberg’s DMs.
The actress privately messaged Wilson after writing a negative review of the slasher film body body body.
Wilson planned the horror release, which stars 23-year-old Stenberg alongside Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace and Pete Davidson.
The film follows the story of a group of wealthy Gen Z people partying in a secluded mansion.
Wilson described the film in her August 4 review as “bloated with pompous irony” and that it was “perfectly tailored for one of them.” [production company] Key A24 demographics: 25-year-old bougies who value branding over substance.
The one line in the review that Stenberg was particularly dissatisfied with was Wilson’s comments about the cleavage.
“The only thing that really gets solid body body body apart is its place in the A24 hype machine, where it doubles as a 95-minute commercial for cleavage and Charli XCX’s latest single,” Wilson wrote.
Stenberg’s DM to Wilson read, “Maybe if you took your eyes off my t**s you could have seen the movie!”
Wilson shared that Instagram DM to her Twitter weeks later, but then followed up with a TikTok response calling out the actress and accusing Stenberg – who identified as gay – of homophobia.
In the video, Wilson began, “Hey, Amandla! Generally a big fan of your work, but that’s something for sure. I wish you all the best in your career and life.
“I’m posting it because I don’t want this person who has more social power than me to think it’s fucking okay to do something like that.”
The caption on the TikTok also read, “Unfathomably weird to get ‘I don’t want you in the dressing room while I’m changing’ from a very different lesbian.”
Wilson added another tweet: “It’s always weird when homophobia comes out of the house, but this is something.”
Stenberg opposed Wilson’s response and the internet had her back, quickly beating the critic online.
“There is a film critic and her name is Lena Wilson. she described [Bodies Bodies Bodies] as a 95-minute commercial for cleavage, which I found hilarious. I’m proud that a work I was a part of has been described as such in such a prestigious publication,” Stenberg said in an Instagram video.
“I found it hilarious. I thought because Lena is gay, and I’m gay too… as gays, we would both find that comment funny. I was also curious to know what Lena would say to such a statement. Lena decided to publish it and also says I’m homophobic for saying that.”
Stenberg continued, “It’s quite surprising how many comments I get about my boobs. I wore this tank top in this film because I and the costume designer felt it suited the character well. I’m getting tired of people talking about my chest seems like a lot of unwarranted talk about my chest.
“Lena, I found your review hilarious. I found my DM funny. I didn’t mean to bother you. I wish you no harm. You may have your criticism of my work and I may have my criticism of your work. I wish you that Best.”
Film fans shared their thoughts on social media, accusing the author of victimizing herself throughout the incident.
“Lena Wilson pissed off a DM about her misogyny, posted it herself without context, and then acted like the victim who says Amanda is homophobic and has more social power. This has literally been white women’s MO for centuries,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Another added: “So this white woman Lena Wilson sexualized Amandla and accused her, a young black queen, when she was called out of… being homophobic? When I say white women are dangerous and self-victims, please believe me.”
And a third wrote: “The spiral of Lena Wilson’s public image that was previously non-existent and rather unremarkable has rather inadvertently become one of the best body, body, body advertisements ever, because that’s trending now.” “I don’t foresee that.”
Following the backlash, Wilson’s Twitter and TikTok accounts were deleted this week.
news week has reached out to Wilson for comment.
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