'Black-ish' star Marsai Martin, 15, reacts to critics of her looks during BET Awards: 'Let me live'

by 24USATVJune 30, 2020, 2:40 a.m. 22
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Marsai Martin has a heartfelt message for her haters.

The 15-year-old "Black-ish" star took to Instagram on Sunday to respond to trolls who criticized her appearance during the 2020 virtual BET Awards.

According to Martin, not everyone approves of her style, particularly her hair and teeth. The teen said trolls have compared her blond hairdo to "a grandma's wig" and speculated that she wears dental veneers.

"I’m sorry to anyone that I offended or haven’t gotten to your expectations about how I’m supposed to be," Martin continued, seeming to tear up. "I apologize. I never want to hurt anyone’s feelings or have anyone worried about what my decisions are."

The teen media mogul then took a pause to wipe her crocodile tears — with a $100 bill.

Martin then dropped the emotion from her face and gave a deadpan look to the camera.

"Ya’ll, we are in quarantine, and we’ve got more things to focus on than just my hair," she said. "Justice for Breonna Taylor."

Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT who was killed March 13 by police officers who entered her Louisville, Kentucky, home with a no-knock warrant.

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Martin also addressed the criticism in a tweet on Sunday.

"Sorry some of y’all don’t like my hair," she wrote. "Or teeth ... which are my actual teeth btw. 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."

In additional to starring in "Black-ish," Martin became one of the youngest executive producers behind a major studio film with the movie "Little," which came out in 2019. Accompanied by her parents, Martin first pitched the film when she was 10 years old.

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