Jodie Turner-Smith proved to be a breakout star with her leading role in the film Queen & Slim. The British model-turned-actress portrayed a strong Black female lead in the film that takes a look at police brutality.
With her career moving in the right direction, Turner-Smith’s personal live is thriving as well. On Friday, Dec. 20, Us Weekly reported that Turner-Smith, 33, got married to Joshua Jackson, 41. Jackson, who is White, starred in the 1990s TV show, “Dawson’s Creek.”
But while the newlyweds received congratulatory remarks by some on social media, they also faced backlash from others.
Because she is in an interracial marriage, some on social media called Turner-Smith a “bed wench.”
She responded by posting on Twitter, “Hey Siri, what is a ‘bed wench’ and why are there bm [Black men] in my dm’s [direct messages] calling me that?”
Bed wench is a term that dates to the era of American slavery. It was often aimed at Black women who had sex with their White slave masters.
View responses by Turner-Smith and others below:
hey siri, what is a “bed wench” and why are there bm in my dm’s calling me that? pic.twitter.com/iqzw9kt9Mh
— Jodie Turner-Smith (@MissJodie) December 22, 2019
I wish BM would stop using the term bed wench. BW during slavery had no choice and were raped. To make up a term about a person who was forced into sexual acts is disrespectful asf.
— DarkGoddess (@DarkGoddessEve) December 23, 2019
I just wish a black beautiful young lady want some white mans bed wench. He will never know your struggle pooh!
— peezyfinsta (@peezyfinsta) December 16, 2019
Once they jump the fence they will forever be an untouchable bedwench.
— ꛲ꚸꚧꛂ Afrimac ꛲ꚸꚧꛂ 🇨🇲 (@AfrimacTV) December 22, 2019
Sally Hemmings was a bed wench.
BM’s knowingly using this term betrays himself and his ancestors.
— Allen Donaldson (@drummjr58) December 23, 2019