THE ACOLYTE Star Amandla Stenberg Has Released A New Song In Response To The Racism She's Experienced

THE ACOLYTE Star Amandla Stenberg Has Released A New Song In Response To The Racism She's Experienced

The Acolyte star Amandla Stenberg has released a song and music video in response to the racist abuse she's been experiencing since the Disney+ series started airing...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 20, 2024 11:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

There have always been toxic elements to every fandom, but over the past few years, we have seen an increase in targetted online abuse, with "fans" unashamedly spewing racist, homophobic and misogynistic bile at the people involved with the movies and TV shows they claim to love.

Star Wars has been hit particularly hard, with the perception that Disney is pushing a "woke agenda" by shifting focus to women and people of color in their projects leading some to take the backlash to shocking levels.

As a gay Black woman, The Acolyte star Amandla Stenberg has found herself in the firing line since before the show even aired, but the harassment escalated when an out-of-context clip of the actress saying "white people crying was the goal" on a 2018 talk show did the rounds last week.

Now, Stenberg has released a music video in response, and whether you happen to be a fan of this style of music or not, the fact that she wrote and recorded this in 72 is pretty damn impressive.

In The Acolyte, an investigation into a shocking crime spree pits a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As more clues emerge, they travel down a dark path where sinister forces reveal all is not what it seems.

 The series stars Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Leslye Headland created the series, based on Star Wars by George Lucas, and serves as an executive producer along with Kathleen Kennedy, Simon Emanuel, Jeff F. King and Jason Micallef. Charmaine DeGraté and Kor Adana are the co-executive producers. Rayne Roberts, Damian Anderson, Eileen Shim and Rob Bredow are the producers.

Headland also directed the premiere episodes (Eps. 101 & 102). Directors Kogonada (Eps. 103 & 107), Alex Garcia Lopez (Eps. 104 & 105) and Hanelle Culpepper (Eps. 106 & 108) round out the directing duties on the series.

"I really wanted to tell a story about the Sith," showrunner Headland told EW in a recent interview. "That was kind of my dream Star Wars idea. But it felt like the time period to do that in would be something pre-Phantom Menace. That seemed to be the most interesting trajectory for the Sith: How did the Sith go from the Rule of Two and being quote-unquote 'extinct' to Palpatine coming into power without the Jedi knowing about it?"

Award-winning composer Michael Abels, known for his work on Get Out and Us, scored The Acolyte.

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ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/21/2024, 5:15 AM
This was really awesome. Love the lyrics. She's a class act and this is a boss way to respond to all the toxicity.
Forthas
Forthas - 6/21/2024, 4:00 PM
Liked it...but I am not sure how to clasify that music....

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