Taryn Manning plays entitled neighbour Karen in the controversial film (Picture: BET)
Taryn Manning has revealed she had to apologise to white women for starring in the movie Karen, claiming they ‘attacked’ her over the role.
The Orange Is The New Black actress plays an entitled racist neighbour called Karen White, who terrorises the Black family living next door.
It’s inspired by the nickname for real life white women who have been caught on camera racially abusing African-Americans, and also stars Cory Hardrict and Jasmine Burke. The trailer, released in June, was immediately ridiculed on social media with many branding it a ‘Get Out-knock off’ for its apparent approach at tackling social injustice issues with dark humour.
Director Coke Daniels was also criticised for casting Taryn, 42, in the role despite her previously being accused of supporting Donald Trump and undermining the Black Lives Matter movement.
Reacting to the backlash, Taryn said in an interview with Mr. Warburton magazine according to Page Six: ‘I was, kind of, taking it on head first and, like, responding to people, you know, “I’m so sorry you feel that way”. I was attacked a lot by white women who felt that I had betrayed my own race.’
However, the actress explained that she felt it important to take on the role to highlight the treatment of certain groups – even if it may feel too raw for audiences.
She continued: ‘I know when a subject is so active, it’s like an active nerve right now, a lot of people aren’t taking it well. But the point was to illuminate something that needs to be brought to the forefront so we can start to change humanity.
‘Some people are hard-wired, maybe they grew up in a household where they never even really had a chance to think for themselves. It’s just this repetitive generational cycle that they’re in — there’s that. There’s maybe an experience with someone like that, that scarred their frontal lobes, or it’s just a bad day.’
Filmmaker Daniels previously defended his movie and said he ‘fully expected’ the backlash.
‘What’s amazing about it is, the point of us making this film was to spark dialogue and continue conversations about social injustice and racism in this country, and with all the hype, hysteria, love hate, everything, it just creates the perfect platform for us to really set the stage for that discussion,’ he told The Daily Beast earlier this summer.
The director also acknowledged the scrutiny of Taryn’s casting but insisted ‘she was right for the role’ and did an ‘incredible job’.
Karen is out in US cinemas now.
Credit: Original article published here.