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'Titans' star disables Instagram comments over racism

STAR: Anna Diop (Photo credit: Michael Becker/Picturegroup for Fox)

COMIC BOOK fans are known to be highly critical of movie and TV adaptations.

If the person playing a particular role doesn't fit the bill - whether in terms of looks to acting ability - they are quick to criticise and air their thoughts across social media.

Unfortunately, some of them are also raging racists and actress Anna Diop is experiencing that first hand.

Diop, who is set to play Koriand'r/Starfire on the DC Universe series Titans, recently disabled comments on the vast majority of her Instagram photos, with many believing its due to numerous racist comments she's received since the trailer was released.

The highly-anticipated trailer for Titansaired last week during Comic Con, and featured several brief glimpses of Starfire using her powers, which have appeared to only continue the racist and sexist remarks surrounding Diop's casting.

Earlier this year, a series of leaked set photos provided the first look at Diop and her co-stars in costume, which earned backlash for not being "comic accurate". At the time, Diop actually used Instagram to fire back at the negativity, posting a passionate response to her followers.

"For the sake of our incredible fans - I hated that this is the first picture people are seeing." Diop said back in April. "It's out of context and it's a misrepresentation of the incredible character I get to play. And also a misrepresentation of the phenomenal production behind it all. With that said, the hate speech that followed was deplorable. And though I am highly unbothered, I do want to use this as an opportunity to say that tearing people down is not something that I tolerate. For myself or anyone else."

"Too often social media is abused by some who find refuge in the anonymity and detachment it provides: misused as a tool to harass, abuse, and spew hatred at others." Diop continued. "This is weak, sad, and a direct reflection of the abuser. Racist, derogatory, and/or cruel comments have nothing to do with the person on the receiving end of that abuse.

"And because I know this - I'm unfazed. But for anyone out there who may not - I am here to remind you that whatever ugly and negative thing anyone ever choose to say about you is always a reflection and revelation of themselves - it does NOT define you, and it certainly does NOT make you any less perfect than you are."

Despite the derogatory feedback, many fans have also voiced their support of Diop, sharing positive messages and excitement to see her in the show.

One Twitter user said: "I am quite excited about what the #Titans cast and crew are going to bring on screen. I am against the vile responses made against @TheAnnaDiop because of her race. This thread is simply to show support for her casting as Starfire. #IStandbyAnnaDiop"

Another said: "anna diop is a beautiful and talented woman who deserves all the love and respect. we can’t wait to see this duo together in @DCUTitans"

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