“Black-ish” star Marsai Martin presented the BET award for best female hip-hop artist on Sunday, June 28, and some people rushed to Twitter to criticize her hair and teeth. Shortly after Marsai announced the winner, the 15-year-old actress and producer addressed her critics on social media.
Marsai, who blessed Megan Thee Stallion with the award during the virtual BET Awards ceremony, headed over to Twitter to respond to the internet trolls who claimed she wore a “grandma wig” and had veneers.
One Twitter user wrote: “Not with Marsai Martin wearing that old lady wig lmfao that sh-t way too big for her head.”
Marsai tweeted: “Sorry some of y’all don’t like my hair. Or teeth … which are my actual teeth btw.” She continued, “Good thing I don’t put my effort into trying to please everyone. I like it. Chile I’m 16 this year, let me live. I’m trying to stay sane in quarantine. Enjoy the #BETAwards.”
Marsai, known for being the youngest executive producer in Hollywood for her movie “Little,” also fired back at some haters in an Instagram video. The clip began with Marsai pretending to cry while issuing an apology to those she “offended” with her appearance at the BET Awards.
“So I was on Twitter..um and a lot of people have been addressing..um my hair, or talking about my hair..um and how it looks like a grandma’s wig,” she said in the video, appearing to be crying as she spoke. “And I don-t.. And they’re talking about my veneers,” she said as she pulled out her invisible braces. “And this don’t look like a veneer to me.” She implied that there was a lot running through her mind during the time the IG video was recorded.
She added, “But I’m sorry to anyone that I offended or..um haven’t gotten to your expectations about how I’m supposed to be, and I apologize, and I just never want to hurt anyone’s feelings or have anyone worried about what..I..what my decisions are.”
She then stressed, “I’m sorry,” before blowing her nose into a $100 bill and cutting her tearful act.“Y’all, we are in quarantine and we got more things to focus on than just my hair. Justice for Breonna Taylor,” she concluded. Marsai is one of many celebrities who spoke during the awards about justice for Breonna Taylor.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American medical worker, was shot eight times at the hands of Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13. The police officers have not yet been arrested or charged in her death.