Following the discharge of the overview, Amandla Stenberg reached out to Lena Wilson privately by means of Instagram DMs in a dialog that Wilson then made public in a video that the critic posted to Twitter. It will now not be considered at the platform, as Wilson has since deleted the social media account. In keeping with IndieWire, Stenberg had written, “Your overview used to be nice. Perhaps in the event you had gotten your eyes off my t*** you can’ve watched the movie!” Wilson replied, “Hello, Amandla! Typically a large fan of your paintings, however this certain is one thing. Actually wishing you smartly to your profession and lifestyles. Have a pleasant night time,” ahead of blocking off Stenberg. In the Twitter video, Wilson remarked on Stenberg’s DM, “At all times bizarre when the homophobia is coming from inside of the home however that is one thing.”
Therefore, Wilson confronted immense backlash, with nearly all of Twitter customers protecting Stenberg. Additional, Out.com even revealed a work at the subject, mentioning Stenberg’s message used to be no longer homophobic.
Stenberg addressed Wilson’s video in an Instagram reside video wherein she explains that she discovered the “cleavage” line humorous and despatched the message to Wilson in jest (by means of IndieWire). “I believed as a result of Lena is homosexual, I’m additionally homosexual, I believed as homosexual folks we’d each to find [the DM] humorous,” Stenberg defined. “I used to be additionally curious to know what Lena would say to the sort of remark, however Lena determined to post it and in addition say that I’m homophobic for pronouncing that.”