Titans star Minka Kelly who portrays Dove in the series has recently taken to social media to sound off on the recent criticism directed at her fellow DC co-star, Anna Diop who portrays Starfire.
This morning Kelly made a heartfelt post defending her co-star and friend, Anna Diop. Diop recently had to block comments on her Instagram page after receiving negative and racist comments about her appearance in the recent Titans trailer. Numerous fans chimed in on the post to both applaud and defend Kelly’s defense of Diop, who also received negative feedback from fans who further insisted that they were not racist or badmouthing Diop. You can view the post here:
I would like to take a moment to acknowledge how proud and excited I am to be working alongside @The_AnnaDiop. In my humble opinion, @DCUTitans, @theDCuniverse and all of their fans are lucky to have her talent, her grace and her beauty on board. While the abhorrent racism in this country seems to be going nowhere anytime soon (#NiaWilson), the dignity, strength and couth my friend continues to exemplify in the face of it humbles and inspires me. That so many racist cowards would take the time to attack her instagram so that she has to shut off comments after having already shut down her entire account once before over this bullshit makes me feel rage. Though I also feel a small relief knowing how strong and thick-skinned Anna is. I know she is and will be ok. It takes zero courage to sit in your dark lonely room spewing your venom online while protected by your anonymous faceless accounts. I cannot begin to fathom the courage it requires everyday just to exist as a black woman in this country (#ChikesiaClemons) let alone to also have the audacity to fight for and follow your dreams. I bow to you, Anna. I can’t wait for everyone to see the brilliant work you’ve done. Shine on, my love. You are a queen and all the people who matter know it. #IStandWithAnnaDiop ?✨
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Throughout the comments section of this post Kelly was fiercely opposed to those arguing about Starfire’s race, which lead her to deliver the same response on several occasions. Kelly also further reiterated a prior statement made by Diop that Starfire’s look in the trailer is not the final look and that her hair and outfit will change later on in the season. She urged fans to be patient with the production and apologize when they see the final result.
Kelly was not the only Titans star to have a presence on the post. Anna Diop herself gave a response in which she praised Kelly. You can view that below:
If what Kelly is saying about Diop’s appearance in the show is true, then perhaps the future of the Titans series will improve and the more angry sect of fans will have very little to criticize.
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Lindsey Gort as Detective Amy Rohrbach, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Dwain Murphy as Negative Man, Jake Michaels as Cliff Steel, April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl, Bruno Bichir as Dr. Niles Caulder, and Conor Leslie as Wonder Girl, with Curran Walters rumored to appear as Jason Todd.
Titans explores one of the most popular comic book teams ever. It follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others.
Titans is set to premiere later this year on the premium DC Universe streaming service.
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