'I too face racism, sexism'
'Game of Thrones' star Nathalie Emmanuel says racism and sexism are realities of her life, but instead of getting hurt, angry or insecure, she uses it to send out a positive message and empower people who look up to her.
She shares her experience on her social media handles with the intention to send out the message that racism is universal and it doesn't care about your career or your position in it.
"A lot of people have a perception about somebody like me who lives in the public eye. They think that you (do not face) racism and sexism because you are are famous and in a privileged position... which of course is not the case," she said.
The actor says she has taken it upon herself eventually "to teach people and to show people that racism is universal".
"It doesn't matter where you are in your career, or which career you are in, racism happens, sexism happens. I thought that instead of carrying the anger of that hurt and the insecurity that I might have as a result of such comments, I would rather have some young person somewhere say, 'Oh, that happens to her too', and be a little bit less lonely," she added.
Emmanuel shared a screenshot of the misogynist comment from an online troller back in April.
The comment was: "Go back to Africa you black c--t, you are famous on white man's land not in your black monkey ancestors country."
While sharing the abusive comment, she wrote: "In case anyone was wondering what having to deal with regular misogyny and racism is like... Here you go.... Sending love and thanks to everyone fighting the good fight, whatever background you come from."
Talking about how she deals with online trollers questioning her culture, ethnicity and gender, she said that her mantra is to ignore people "who are bored at home and need a little bit of attention".