Netflix’s latest film ‘Tall Girl’ caused quite a stir on social media after its trailer was unveiled last month. Without even seeing the actual film, the online folk already passed their judgment on the film.
Many accused ‘Tall Girl’ of diverting much-needed attention from systematic racism to something as mediocre as a caucasian teenager’s discrimination of her height. The movie follows the story of a tall high schooler who struggles with insecurity and fitting in with the crowd as she navigates her way to gaining confidence.
Now, the feature’s director Nzingha Stewart (who by the way, is also African-American) is responding to the criticism surrounding it. Speaking to Black Girl Nerds, the filmmaker says:
“I think if something doesn’t offend you outright — it’s not something that is coming after you or someone you love — then let it live. A movie doesn’t have to be about you or for you to be of artistic value in the world.”
The director then pointed out that the film’s plot might be something that someone else could relate to. She then blasted the those who have aired their criticisms on social media saying:
“The fact that there was all this discussion and no one has seen the movie yet? That kind of tells you upfront that people haven’t given themselves a chance to enjoy before just seeing it. Slow down and give yourself a chance to enjoy something.”
The coming-of-age movie marks Stewart’s directorial debut in a feature. She is known for working on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy and for music videos featuring music from stars like Jay-Z.
Tall Girl will be available for streaming on Netflix this September 13.