A recent controversy has stirred up on social media with a film critic from the New York Times and an actress from the movie "Bodies Bodies Bodies."
Lena Wilson, a freelance writer for the New York Times, has deleted all of her social media accounts after getting a DM from "Bodies Bodies Bodies" actress Amandla Stenberg about her critique of the film.
The line of the article in question was that "Bodies Bodies Bodies" was "a 95-minute ad for cleavage."
To which Stenberg reached out in a private DM saying, "Maybe if you got your eyes off my tits you could have watched the movie."
Lena Wilson explains why she reposted Amandla Stenberg’s DM about her #BodiesBodiesBodies review, which Wilson dubbed a “95-minute advertisement for cleavage”:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 19, 2022
“I don’t want this person who has more social power than me to think that it’s fucking okay to do something like this.” pic.twitter.com/S0BadaoRWV
Stenberg claims the message was a funny joke and thought Wilson would also find it funny. The actress was very wrong.
Wilson decided to publicly shame Stenberg by sharing the private DM in a video on TikTok saying that the actress has "more social power" than her and that it's not okay to send those kinds of messages. She also claimed the messages from Stenberg were homophobic, even though both women identify as gay.
I’m going to make this clear. @lenalwilson was absolutely in the wrong to objectify Amandla Stenberg and reduce her work to her breasts, then double down and post her DM and say that Amandla was being homophobic. It reeks of anti-Blackness and misogynoir.— Natasha (@sryimnothomern) August 19, 2022
People on Twitter quickly criticized Wilson for calling out Stenberg in public when she tried to keep it private in the message. In the midst of all this backlash, Wilson had multiple videos and articles pop up that showed her being overly critical or outright delusional.
like this is why everyone hates white film twitter lmao pic.twitter.com/8JmQjDWmnG— alex (@alex_abads) August 20, 2022
In one video she posted on TikTok, Wilson claimed she was a "naturally gifted writer," with no formal training, despite getting a film degree from Smith College, a private school in Massachusettes.
In the same video, she claims her talent comes from her family, who are all writers but fails to mention that it was her father, an editor for the New York Times, who gave her the position as a writer in the first place.
lena wilson getting cooked for that video is SO funny to me because you know she expected a very different reaction— thiccany s. pierce (@AbsolutelyAbsy) August 20, 2022
lena wilson definitely posted amandla’s dm on here with the intention to get ppl to send her hate and all it did was backfire on lena like that’s so fucking funny pic.twitter.com/U8Vn3Zv2SI— alex cuff it szn (@xela_manrique) August 18, 2022
Twitter blew up over these videos and subsequently did what the internet does and berated her until she deleted all of her accounts. Wilson has also refused to watch Stenberg's response video or speak about the event publicly anymore.
Amandla Stenberg defends messaging ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ critic Lena Wilson:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 18, 2022
“I do get tired of people talking about my chest ... you are allowed to have your criticism on my work and I’m allowed to have my criticisms of your work. I wish you the best.” pic.twitter.com/OkxEXWZMW1
The controversy has died down a bit, but Twitter is still buzzing about this total trainwreck of a film critique.
Lena Wilson is really starting to remind me of what happened with Bean Dad, a person who could have easily avoided all this information getting brought up if they just hadn’t embarrassed themselves. Don’t become twitter’s main character lmao. https://t.co/p8NnHlJjXp— Jerome! (@JeromeM94Movies) August 22, 2022