“I had no idea they were going to do this to me beforehand.”
HBO has a lot of explaining to do. The streaming platform responded after a Lovecraft Country extra claimed the show’s makeup artists darkened her skin in the series.
“I had no idea they were going to do this to me beforehand. And if I knew beforehand, I would not have accepted this job,” she said. “Who thought this was a good idea?”
Amirah said that when she was waiting to get her makeup done, she overheard the show’s makeup artists deciding what to do with her since she looked “a little lighter” than the other actress.
As they started doing her makeup, she noticed her foundation was “getting darker and darker.”
“Before I show these pictures, I’m going to preface this by saying I was so uncomfortable,” Amirah said, before showing off the pics of her on the show. “As soon as we wrapped, I went right back to hair and makeup to ask for some makeup wipes because I refused to go out in the world like that.”
After Amirah’s video went viral, HBO released a statement addressing her concerns. “We were very disappointed to learn of Ms. Amirah’s experience,” a spokesperson for HBO told People. “This should not have happened, and we are taking steps to ensure this doesn’t occur again in the future.”
Amirah also went on Twitter to further explain what happened to her.
Amirah is right. HBO needs to do better.
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