Lupita Nyong’o isn’t just talented, smart, beautiful and stylish: she’s courageous. The “12 Years a Film” star didn’t shy away from speaking the truth about racism, even in relation to her breakout and critically-acclaimed film.
When asked about the fact that European posters for “12 Years a Slave,” prominently featured the movie’s white supporting actors instead of leading actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita said, at Peggy’s Siegal’s luncheon:
“I don’t know the details. All I know is [the posters] existed, and the foreign distributors apologized. The thing about these things is they cloud what’s important. So if we allow that to happen, then we lose track of the significance of this story … I think it’s just a question of asking yourself, ‘Why am I saying this? Why is a poster more significant than 12 Years A Slave?’ […] Racism is not dead. It’s not. And that’s why this film is so important. To understand American society today, it starts with these kinds of stories, and the fact that they haven’t been dealt with yet. There’s work to be done. There are apologies that need to be sought and apologies that need to be offered. And that’s on a political level and a social level and an individual level and a communal level.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.