Meghan Markle Opens up on Being the Target of Online Bullies
Meghan Markle, who has reportedly been dating Prince Harry for eight months, has written her second Elle U.K. essay about being a victim of racist bullying. The suit actress has spoken about the online bullying she had to go through after Wendell Pierce was chosen to play her on-screen father in 2013.
The 35 year old actress writes, “… the tweets ran the gamut from: ‘Why would they make her dad black? She’s not black’ to ‘Ew, she’s black? I used to think she was hot.’”
Markle, who is biracial, continued by saying that “the reaction was unexpected, but speaks of the undercurrent of racism that is so prevalent, especially within America.”
History repeated all over again for her when public found out that she was dating Prince Harry, Meghan received an immense amount of racist bullying. Things became worse which led to Kensington Palace to release a statement last month on Prince Harry’s behalf: “The racial undertones … and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments … [make] Prince Harry … worried about Ms. Markle’s safety.”
A brave Meghan says she will continue to push for positive change when it comes to racism in Hollywood.
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Meghan’s mom is black and dad is white who was a lighting director for a soap opera and her mother was working at the television studio.
meghan grew up in the predominantly white suburbs of Los Angeles. Her mother was “caramel in complexion with her light-skinned baby in tow, being asked where my mother was since they assumed she was the nanny,” says the actress.
Then she writes about her college years at Northwestern University. “I was home in LA on a college break when my mom was called the ‘N’ word. We were leaving a concert and she wasn’t pulling out of a parking space quickly enough for another driver,” she writes.
Then she writes about her entry in Hollywood. “Being ‘ethnically ambiguous,’ as I was pegged in the industry, meant I could audition for virtually any role,” she says. “Morphing from Latina when I was dressed in red, to African American when in mustard yellow; my closet filled with fashionable frocks to make me look as racially varied as an Eighties Benetton poster. Sadly, it didn’t matter: I wasn’t black enough for the black roles and I wasn’t white enough for the white ones, leaving me somewhere in the middle as the ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job.”
Then Suits happened to Meghan.”The Goldilocks of my acting career – where finally I was just right,” says Markle, who plays Rachel Zane in the series. She writes about the racist trolls and how she has been forced to block on Twitter because of her casting in Suits.
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