Marsai Martin looks like the queen of clapping back at Internet trolls. The actress gave a befitting reply to haters who criticized her appearance. The video in question is of Marsai Martin presenting the award for best female hip-hop artist at the BET Awards.
Twitter users criticized Martin’s look for the evening, particularly her hair and teeth. Comments like “poor wig choice for a young lady” were made and they even accused her of using veneers. The Black-ish star was definitely not one to sit back quietly. On June 28, Marsai Martin took to Instagram to share a video addressing the negative comments she received online. Instead of being upset about the incident, the actress decided to take an interesting route. Unafraid to address the situation, Martin took to Instagram in a cheeky apology video with a healthy dose of sarcasm.
The sarcastic apology video
“So, I was on Twitter, and a lot of people have been talking about my hair and how it looks like a grandma’s wig.” Marsai Martin said in the clip. The actress seems to be hilariously holding back fake tears throughout. “And they’re talking about my veneers. This doesn’t look like a veneer to me,” she added while removing a retainer from her mouth.
Marsai Martin sarcastically went on. “I’m sorry to anyone I offended or haven’t gotten to your expectations about how I’m supposed to be. I apologize. I never want to hurt anyone’s feelings or have anyone worried about what my decisions are.” Marsai took it one step further by pretending to wipe off her fake tears with a $100 note. If the audience couldn’t tell by now that Marsai was joking, they probably got the hint by now.
“We’ve got more things to focus on than just my hair”
Marsai Martin did however get serious to shut down silly comments, urging her viewers to talk about more important things instead. “Y’all, we are in quarantine,” she said with a serious gaze. “We’ve got more things to focus on than just my hair. Justice for Breonna Taylor.”
Marsai Martin also addressed the situation on Twitter, writing, “Sorry some of y’all don’t like my hair. Or teeth, which are my actual teeth btw. Good thing I don’t put my effort into trying to please everyone. I like it. Chill, I’m 16 this year, let me live. I’m trying to stay sane in quarantine. Enjoy the #BETAwards.”
Thanking BET awards
Despite everything, Marsai Martin did take a moment to thank the BET Awards for continuing to celebrate and honor Black creatives.
“Thank you @betawards for recognizing myself and my peers. Young Black performers are overlooked by most major awards shows. I am able to look forward to the BET Awards and the Image Awards to lift up our talented youth performers.” she captioned her Instagram post. “I appreciate every vote and ounce of support. I’m so blessed to be able to do what I love and live out my dreams. I have been acting professionally for 10 years, and am still at the very beginning of this journey.”
“Being in the public eye, allows people to feel entitled to talk about you like you are a THING instead of a PERSON,” she continued. “I’d like to remind folks that when we ask for the police to treat us with respect and to respect our humanity, it has to start with the US first. At least until I’m grown and cuss y’all weirdos out properly.”
Celebrities and fans seemed to agree with the actress and showed their support by praising her on social media platforms. Marsai Martin made it pretty clear that people had more important things to focus on than petty drama, especially with all that is going on in the world right now.