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Zendaya says ‘Malcolm & Marie’ criticism “stripped away” her agency

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Malcolm & Marie being written directed by a white filmmaker has “stripped away” her agency.The actress addressed mounting backlash against Sam Levinson’s new Netflix film, which casts the Euphoria star alongside Tenet actor John David Washington.Critics raised issues regarding Levinson’s writing and depiction of two Black characters from his own perspective as a white man, although Zendaya maintains that the film depicts her own world-view as well.“What’s interesting is I think a little bit of our agency was stripped away,” Zendaya told the New York Times in reference to the backlash.“Like this was just kind of Sam spewing things through us without realizing that we are not only actors in this, but we’re co-financiers and producers with.

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