‘Lovecraft Country’ Extra Calls Out HBO Show For Darkening Her Skin

HBO bosses say they are “disappointed” after a background actress reported having her skin darkened while appearing in an episode of “Lovecraft Country”.

Kelli Amirah took to TikTok last month to talk about the “uncomfortable” experience. 

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Amirah was hired to pose for a photograph as a young Ms. Osberta on her wedding day.

Revealing what happened while she was sitting in the makeup chair, she recalled, “I hear one of them mention how, ‘She’s a little lighter than’ the actress.”

Continuing, “And I notice my foundation is getting darker and darker. I was so uncomfortable. I had no idea they were going to do this to me, and if I had known beforehand I would not have accepted the job.”

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Explaining why didn’t feel like she was in a position to comment on the skin darkening, Amirah said, “I’m not s**t yet. I have no clout, no pull, no nothing.”

In a follow-up TikTok, the extra added, “As soon as we wrapped I went right back to hair and makeup and asked for some wipes because I refused to go out in the world like that.”

Sharing a statement with The Wrap on Monday, HBO responded, “We were very disappointed to learn of Ms. Amirah’s experience.”

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Adding, g“This should not have happened, and we are taking steps to ensure this doesn’t occur again in the future.”

 

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