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‘April was originally black’: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Introducing Black April O’Neil Triggers Racist Trolls, Internet Fights Back

'April was originally black': Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Introducing Black April O'Neil Triggers Racist Trolls, Internet Fights Back

The upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem nears its release and fans have already started pinpointing issues with the movie. Some are completely irrelevant to the movie and more of a satisfactory point for the fans. The trailer for the movie is set to be released soon and the fans’ opinions have divided them in a peculiar manner.

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April O’Neil

Especially with the character of April O’Neil being introduced in the movie once again, fans seem to be disappointed while others are jumping to her support the first chance they get. Racism is an inescapable foe and seems to never end. It can be encountered more often than one would like to admit and by the looks of it, the latest target for racists is none other than April O’Neil.

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April O’Neil Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gets Targetted By Racists

April O’Neil is a character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics as well as the series and movies. She has been an integral part of the team and the first human ally of the Ninja Turtles. The trailer for the upcoming movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem has teased a lot of what fans can and should expect from the film. The movie has a star-studded cast with Seth Rogen playing the villain Bebop and Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon playing Donatello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael respectively.

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Ayo Edebiri will be voicing April O’Neil and that is not sitting well with the racists. They have been thrashing at her character for originally being white and a redhead in the series and comics while her design for the movie happens to be of a person of color. Diversity and inclusivity are a necessity now. However, April’s chase becomes more different considering that her character had been originally a biracial character who was later turned white by the fourth comic. Luckily, fans are not willing to stand and watch as racists take jabs at the character.

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Fans Defend April O’Neil As Racists Chose To Attack Her

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Ayo Edebiri, the voice of April O’Neil

Ayo Edebiri will be bringing April O’Neil to the screen and that is not something racists like. She had been a biracial character in the comics for a long time and was inspired by April Fisher. Even April’s boss, Baxter Stockman was black and that received just as much backlash. Fans are constantly defending her character and how regardless of how she looks and who plays her, the character will see absolutely no change.


They are happy to see the character being closer to her initial design than what she looked like in later projects. April O’Neil will be helping the Ninja Turtles in having New York accept them as normal teenagers as they try their best to defeat all their foes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will be available to watch in theatres from 4th April.

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Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English from K.R. Mangalam University. Adya has written over 1300 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment.