Why So Many People Suddenly Hate Zendaya? Here's Why Her New Movie is to Blame

Why So Many People Suddenly Hate Zendaya? Here's Why Her New Movie is to Blame
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Zendaya comes under scrutiny for the role in her new movie Challengers - and the reason will surprise you.

In the world of Hollywood, actors often find themselves at the receiving end of hate and criticism for their roles in movies. Whether it's the plot, the acting, or even their personal lives, fans can be quite vocal about their opinions. The latest target of this unpleasant phenomenon is Zendaya, who has been facing a colossal wave of negativity ever since the trailer for her new movie, Challengers, dropped.

Challengers, an upcoming romantic sports drama directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by Justin Kuritzkes, stars Zendaya alongside Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist. The story centers around a tennis champion who enters a challenger tournament to compete against his wife's former lover. The film is set to kick off the 80th Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2023, with a US release scheduled for September 2023.

The trailer for the movie came out less than a month ago, giving fans a glimpse of the twists and turns that lie ahead, and let's just say, it has generated quite a buzz. With its intriguing premise of a love triangle set in the world of tennis, Challengers promises to be a thrilling cinematic experience. Of course, Zendaya's portrayal of the strong and fierce Tashi Duncan is highly anticipated, as fans are eager to see Zendaya's versatility.

However, amidst all the anticipation, the trailer also sparked a wave of negative comments directed towards Zendaya's upcoming steamy scenes involving a threesome with her co-stars. Countless fans felt the need to 'defend' Zendaya's boyfriend Tom Holland from the perceived act of 'cheating.' Comments where people express feeling bad for Tom and question Zendaya's class and morals flooded social media platforms.

Now, this backlash can be attributed to two main reasons. Firstly, fans often struggle to separate actors from the characters they portray and the actors' real-life relationships. Secondly, actresses commonly face criticism and hate for performing sexual scenes on-screen. Unfortunately, many people still equate such scenes with personal promiscuity and moral judgment, completely disregarding the fact that it's merely a part of their professional work.

It's essential to remember that actors have their own lives and relationships outside of the characters they play. As strangers, we should not intrude upon their personal lives or make assumptions about their choices. Zendaya deserves to be celebrated for her talent and dedication as an actress, rather than being subjected to unwarranted negativity.

Otherwise, what's next? Are we going to believe that Tom Holland is actually Spider-Man? It's time to appreciate and acknowledge the boundary between fiction and reality.