Zendaya Says Backlash over ‘Malcolm & Marie’ Having a White Director 'Stripped Away’ Her Agency

Zendaya Says Backlash over ‘Malcolm & Marie’ Having a White Director 'Stripped Away’ Her Agency


Actress Zendaya says her “agency was stripped away” following backlash over her film about a black couple, Malcolm & Marie, which was written and directed by Sam Levinson, who is white.

The film received largely negative reviews and criticism over Levinson’s writing about two black characters, reported IndieWire. Zendaya, a producer on the movie, maintains that she was intimately involved in the script writing process. In an interview published Sunday, the New York Times asked Zendaya if there had been space for her and her co-star John David Washington “to collaborate and provide input on different aspects of the black experience.”

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“Yeah, of course,” said Zendaya. “What’s interesting is I think a little bit of our agency was stripped away.”

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“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 P.G.A. marks,”

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