British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo to play famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a long-awaited biopic titled, Harriet.
However, her new role births criticism as some claims she is not yet a household name.
She however is not moved by the wave of criticism as she responds on Instagram.
I struggled a little with whether or not to post anything about this role,
because even though there is so much celebration and encouragement coming through,
there’s also anger and offense spurred on by my being from the UK…..
I guess there is a bigger conversation to be had about heritage and experience, also about who Harriet really was.
That can not be had in an Instagram post,
what I will say is that my journey to this woman has been long and detailed and one I have not taken lightly.
Nothing has been given to me without me first putting the work in,
people speak of foreign privilege and truthfully life would be unbelievably easy if that were applied to me but that is not my portion.
I fought for the role of Celie, and spilled blood sweat and tears playing her,
the same applies for every role I’ve earned, this will be no different.
I hope that I do everyone, even those who are in doubt or are upset, proud.
I hope I quell your fears, because I understand that is what it is.
I cannot tell how protective I am of this woman and her story.
I posted this because I cannot allow people to make me neglect to celebrate this honor.
This story has gone unnoted for long enough
and @debramchase Daniela Taplin
and @focusfeatures are the perfect home the beautiful way.
Kasi Lemmons has told this story is more than a blessing.
I am glad to be given the opportunity to bring the life of Harriet Tubman to you.
I would be lying if I didn’t make it clear that this is scary,
and I thank you in advance for the support.
Love you much.
ALL OF YOU! Yours truly