Film critic Lena Wilson has reportedly deleted her social media accounts after experiencing backlash from fans for her posting some private messages from actress Amandla Stenberg. Stenberg sent a message to Wilson concerning her criticism of the movie “Bodies, Bodies, Bodies” starring her.
Wilson had posted a highly negative criticism of the movie, in which she said it was bloated with pompous irony. The critic also wrote that the film “doubles as a 95-minute advertisement for cleavage and Charli XCX’s latest single.”
After posting the DM from Stenberg, Wilson made a TikTok accusing the actress of homophobia. Stenberg responded to the accusations with surprise, which roused many fans to defend her and criticize Wilson. The backlash has eventually led to her deactivating her accounts.
Read on to find out more.
Lena Wilson Wrote A Negative Review Of ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’
Wilson, a freelance film critic for the New York Times, recently wrote a review of “Bodies, Bodies, Bodies,” a slasher horror movie recently released. The film’s cast includes Sternberg, Maria Bakalova, Lee Pace, Rachell Sennott, and Pete Davidson.
“Bodies, Bodies, Bodies” follows the experiences of a group of young and rich Gen Z men and women who decide to throw a party at a remote mansion. In her review, Wilson said the film was “bloated with pompous irony” and was tailored to fit the demographic of “bougie 25-year-olds who value branding over substance.”
Stenberg found an issue with one particular section of Wilson’s review, which referenced her boobs. The section read, “The only thing that really sets Bodies Bodies Bodies apart is its place in the A24 hype machine, where it doubles as a 95-minute advertisement for cleavage and Charli XCX’s latest single.”
She Posted Amandla Stenberg’s Direct Message
Lena Wilson explains why she reposted Amandla Stenberg’s DM about her #BodiesBodiesBodies review, which Wilson dubbed a “95-minute advertisement for cleavage”:
“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
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 19, 2022
23-year-old Stenberg then chose to send Wilson a private Instagram DM, which read, “Maybe if you had gotten ur eyes off my t-ts you could’ve watched the movie!” Wilson posted the message on her Twitter weeks after and then made a TikTok video accusing the actress, who is openly gay, of being homophobic to her.
Wilson’s reply to the DM read, “Hey, Amandla! Generally a big fan of your work, but this sure is something. Wishing you well in your career and life.”
She then went on to reveal on TikTok that “I’m posting it because I don’t want this person who has more social power than me to think that it’s f–king okay to do something like this.”
According to the film critic, she only shared the private exchange to make Stenberg understand that she could not go scot-free after sending her a private DM which she made public.
Amandla Stenberg Responded To The Accusations
Stenberg responded to Wilson’s accusations in an Instagram video. She referenced the original film review and said, “She described the film as a 95-minute advertisement for cleavage, which I thought was hilarious. I’m proud that a piece of work I was a part of was described as such in such a renowned publication.”
The “Everything, Everything” actress continued with, “I thought it was hilarious. I thought because Lena is gay, and I am also gay… as gay people, we would both find this comment funny. I was also curious to know what Lena would say to such a statement. Lena decided to publish it and also says that I am homophobic for saying that.”
Stenberg also spoke about how tired she was of the amount of commentary she regularly received about her chest. She said, “I wore this tank top in this movie because the costume designer and I felt it fit the character well. I do get tired of people talking about my chest.”
The actress made it clear that she meant no harm to Wilson with the message. Stenberg said, “Lena, I thought your review was hilarious. I thought my DM was funny. I did not mean to harass you. I do not wish you any harm. 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.”
The Film Critic Was Accused Of Playing Victim And Of Being A ‘Nepotism Baby’
After Stenberg responded to Wilson’s accusations, fans shared their thoughts about the whole incident on Twitter and then accused the writer of trying to portray herself as the victim. Many criticized her for the homophobia accusations, saying they were completely baseless and false.
One person tweeted, “Lena Wilson got a DM angry with her misogynoir, published it herself without context and then acted like the victim saying Amanda is homophobic and has more social power. That’s literally been white womens MO for centuries.”
lena wilson rly made a video about how she’s so good at journalism and has such a strong ‘point of view’ when she started being a regular film critic for the NYT at 24 bc her dad is an editor…oh no this spear i placed on a precarious ledge appears to have fallen & impaled me
— nepotism hire at the being hot factory (@uncanny_eli) August 21, 2022
Wilson soon deleted her social media when it was brought to light by a Twitter user that she was possibly the daughter of Mike Wilson who is the New York Times’ deputy sports editor. Prior to this, she had made a TikTok video, talking about how good of a writer she was to be able to get a job at the news outlet.
Unfortunately for Wilson, nothing stays hidden for too long when it comes to social media and it was soon revealed that it possibly took more than just talent for her to land her gig at the New York Times, at just 24.
As of now, all her accounts across social media have been deactivated.