Zendaya is responding to some specific criticisms of Malcolm & Marie in regards to the writing from director Sam Levinson.
Some critics of the film's script have said that they believed Levinson was taking out grievances in the film's writing through Black characters. Zendaya says that some of the criticism makes it seem like she and Washington, who were producers on the film, didn't have any input.
“What’s interesting is I think a little bit of our agency was stripped away,” she said in an interview with The New York Times. “Like this was just kind of Sam spewing things through us without realizing that we are not only actors in this, but we’re co-financiers and producers with P.G.A. marks. You can’t get those unless you actually do the job.”
Malcolm & Marie is currently streaming on Netflix.