Social media users are rubbing their eyes with confusion after Anya Taylor-Joy was referred to as a ‘woman of color’ in a recent article.
The Peaky Blinders actress was born in Miami, Florida to a Scottish-Argentine father, and identifies herself as a white latino.
In an article in Variety after her Golden Globes win for her excellent performance in Queen’s Gambit, Taylor-Joy was referred to as a woman of color.
It originally read:
“Argentinian Taylor-Joy is the first woman of colour to win this category since Queen Latifah in 2008 and only the fifth woman of colour to win overall since 1982 when the category was introduced. S Epatha Merkerson, Halle Berry and Alfre Woodard were the other previous winners.”
Social media was outraged:
Friendly reminder that being Latina and being a woman of color are not always the same thing. Congrats to Anya Taylor-Joy (Argentina) for her Golden Globe win and for speaking up pic.twitter.com/98akPrhmzv
— Indigenism (@Indixenism) March 2, 2021
Not Variety calling Anya Taylor Joy a woman of color! What color? Blonde??
— Lady Reconstruction (@jaelisoverit) March 1, 2021
This situation with Variety calling Anya Taylor Joy a "woman of color" takes me back to that time when another Selenator told me that Selena isn't white, she is "POC" because she is Latina and I had "no culture" lol
— aylin (mili's) (@firedreamerr) March 2, 2021
The magazine updated their copy to better reflect Anya’s ancestry correctly and issued an apology on Twitter.