metro: Black Panther’s Winston Duke played the character M’Baku in the 2018 Marvel hit.
But despite the film being a roaring success, the 32-year-old has since opened up on how he was objectified after its release. Chatting to the Evening Standard magazine, the star revealed how shocked he was to be ‘s3xualised and fetishised’ while addressing the issue of double standards.
He told the publication: ‘I didn’t expect to be, um, kind of s3xualised and fetishised like that. I didn’t want to be consumed only as a s3xual object. ‘Although it felt good, if it was done to a woman, it wouldn’t be acceptable.’ Winston then went on to ask why viewers decided to perceive him that way. ‘It was really important to me to steer the conversation towards asking why people are reacting that way,’ he said, before questioning: ‘How often do they see characters like this on film?’
‘How often do they see black men represented with so much dimension and class, with a masculinity that feels authentic, yet malleable?’ The actor added: ‘I don’t think that’s represented very often, and it’s really important to point that out.’ Winston is currently promoting the new Jordan Peele movie Us, and spoke about the same sentiment when addressing the meaning behind the upcoming film.
He told Metro.co.uk that the film is about cultures of power and privilege: ‘It’s really about the people we render invisible and speechless. ‘What’s the cost of our comfort? Are we prepared for, essentially, our sins to be a reflection of ourselves?’
He added: ‘[Horror films] paint a picture of your reality that is totally different to the dominant culture’s perceived notion of what you can go through, and for many people it doesn’t look like what people think it does. ‘Not being seen or heard, or given opportunities and being limited hurts. It is scary. Not being safe is scary,’ he said. ‘Potentially losing your life because you’re wearing a hoodie, that’s a scary thing that tons of people have to deal with every day. ‘For women, not being able to walk the streets at night wearing what you want and potentially being blamed for it, that is scary. Being LGBTQ and just living in the world is scary.’
The star continued: ‘What is powerful about Jordan Peele’s films though is we get to redefine words. We get to redefine words like violence – what does violence really look like? ‘Is it always blood and gore, knives and guns, or is it also -isms? Is that also violent? Gentrification? Racism as a concept? A lot of redefinition.’
Source: Published by metro