HBO Responds to ‘Lovecraft Country’ Actress’ Claim That Makeup Artists Darkened Her Skin Color

HBO has released a statement in response to a Lovecraft Country actress’ claim that makeup artists darkened her skin color while on set.

Kelli Amirah made a brief appearance in the series while playing the younger version of a character for a throwback wedding photo.

In a TikTok video released last month, Kelli said that she overheard makeup artists saying that she was a “little lighter” than the other actress, but had the right facial features. She says she then noticed her makeup “getting darker and darker.”

“Before I show these pictures, I’m going to preface this by saying I was so uncomfortable,” Kelli said. “I had no idea they were going to do this to me beforehand. And if I knew beforehand, I would not have accepted this job. Who thought this was a good idea?”

Click inside to see the video and read HBO’s response…

A spokesperson for HBO told People, “We were very disappointed to learn of Ms. Amirah‘s experience. This should not have happened, and we are taking steps to ensure this doesn’t occur again in the future.”

Lovecraft Country has been a critically acclaimed hit for HBO and the first season was nominated for Best Television Series – Drama at the Golden Globes last month.

See some tweets that Kelli wrote the other day below.

Updated: March 9, 2021 — 11:40 am

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