This is Mimi Udiweni, a 28 year old British-Zimbabwean actor.
She was cast as sorceress Fringella Vigo in the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher.
If you google this actress and the character she portrays, there is nothing but hatred and vitriol of the sadly typical variety (diversity hire, too ugly, “black-washing”, supposed to fit my fantasy, etc..) and her own smartly locked (but gotdam, it shouldn’t have to be!) Instagram account.
We’ve seen similar before with Anna Diop and Kelly-Marie Tran.
So, this is a post of appreciation and a heads-up to support this actor where you can.
I am disgusted and too tired of this mess. I don’t know anything about The Witcher, but I do know that gaming fandoms can be particularly toxic towards marginalized folks.
The lead actress is mixed-race (Anya Charlotra) and is also facing hatred, though somewhat less, because she’s is neither black nor dark-skinned, but lift her up too. This is made all the worse because she’s only 21.
The Witcher premieres on Netflix a little more than a week from now… and TBH, I don’t have faith that this cast will rally around her with the same gusto that the Titans cast did for Miss Diop (Cavill has a history of being obliviously simple about these things).
Please, do what you can to speak up when you see nonsense in fan spaces.