Lupita Nyong’o apologized after offending members of the disabled community with her voice as Red in ‘Us’. Many people raised concerns about her voice.
Nyong’o appeared alongside Winston Duke and Elizabeth Moss in the new movie Us. The 36-year-old actress responded to the backlash after she credited Spasmodic Dysphonia for helping her develop her strained voice for her character. While on The View, Nyong’o said, “The voice of Red was a composite of influences and definitely a creation of my imagination.”
She added, “But I was inspired by a condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia, which is a neurological disorder, which can be triggered by physical and emotional trauma. In my processes as an actor, one of the things I look to do is to find ways into the most human and most real parts of the camera, and to steer clear of a judgement of them as good or evil, pleasant or creepy.”
She also said that she was helped along by how Robert F Kennedy spoke as well as her research on “laryngeal fractures, and vocal cord hemorrhages and [her] own experience with vocal injury.”
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Talking about the backlash from the disabled community, Nyong’o said she “thought by speaking up about it and mentioning it, it might have helped shed light on the condition. I understand that it’s a very marginal group of people who suffer from this. So the thought that I would in a way offend them was not my intention.”
She added, “In my mind, I wasn’t interested in vilifying or demonizing the condition. I crafted Red with love and care. So as much as it is in a very genre-specific world. I really wanted to ground her in something that felt real. So for all of that, I say sorry to anyone that I may have offended.”
Us made $7.4 million in its first weekend at the box office.