Actress Tessa Thompson, co-star of the new Men In Black: International movie, says she pitched ideas to the production company to change the movie title to reflect the current liberal Hollywood ideology.

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The actress, who stars as Agent M in the film franchise, attended the New York premiere of MIB: International with her MIB and Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth on Tuesday.

In a chat with the Associated Press she explained that she pitched aa couple of ideas about changing the movie title with the production team, taking into consideration the movie's diverse and inclusive cast.

"I pitched ideas like 'People in Black' but that would be PIB which sounds like a sandwich, " she told AP. "I pitched 'Humans in Black' which would be HIB, which sounds like something you don't wanna get. I think we could maybe change the name at some point but the truth is I think it's really significant and I hope we can get to the space where it's not noteworthy when women topline these films and I think a film like this helps us get there."

The 35-year-old openly bisexual actress said returning to the film with the same name was necessary to reassure the franchise's faithful fans.

"My presence in it because I'm a woman shouldn't diminish the fact that we're making a movie very much in the same tone and style of the original films," she said, referring to the original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

“But I think, you know, Emma Thompson has a brilliant quip in the movie, where I say, 'Men in Black' because I'm confused that is the title of the organization and she goes 'I know. I've had the conversation, it's taking time.'"

Thompson continues that while the film title may not reflect the liberal viewpoints in today's society, she is confident the movie's title will eventually change.

"I think if Agent M sticks around the organization long enough she will probably push some buttons to make it change and frankly that's the only way that things change."

Photos by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    why not create your own lane .... and come up with another fight crew franchise ..... I guess ....

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Exactly!

  • Blaque Mahogany
  • Nix

    B*tch shut up! And I'm a woman. Getting really tired of this gender fluidity bullshat.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I love you Tessa but you’re tap dancing on my nerves being on #TeamTooMuch

  • Treasureme

    Its fine the way it is.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Actually MIB without Will Smith is sacrilegious and blaspheming. I like Tessa, but i anticipate this movie will be on TBS in under a year

  • Wreckognize Game

    How about Agent M gets tf. Just act Lady! This ain’t that serious.

  • SweetTEE

    Seriously, I'm a woman and I have no problem being such. She's a lesbian so maybe she wants equality but chile..

  • SweetTEE

    I'm late if Will wont be in this. Tuh..throw the whole movie away.

  • Gloria

    Love Tessa but she gives off Hollywood puppet vibes. Like she’s the “go to” black woman for these major Hollywood films. Her diluted negroid features makes her acceptable to the mainstream audiences but damn can we get more black actresses in these major studio films who are not so racially ambiguous? It’s getting old....

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Girl STHU and be happy they even found a place for you in this damn movie. The only reason people even want to see this is because of the name...its part of a major franchise. Why fukk that up by changing the name? Im getting real tyed of the LGBTQRSLMNOP COMMUNITY of people forcing they shyt on everybody!! Im all for inclusiveness but damn!!!

  • Wreckognize Game

    If she ever had kids she will probably be the parent coming to the school forcing the class to give boys dolls and girl costumes because she does it at home. Stop trying to make everybody do what you do.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    This movie is illegal without Will Smith being in it

  • Rayscoty

    She keep a job!!

  • MsPam

    I’m waiting for Kcool Musiq say that he/she was partying with Tessa.?

  • Gloria

    Lmao yes. Same.

  • Chicagowise

    "The 35-year-old openly bisexual actress..."

    I wouldn't take advice from someone who can't pick heads or tails.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Here you come??

  • Chicagowise

    She's standing in line... don't know if she wants beef or chicken... girl, bye!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. "She was very friendly toward me. Shook my hand and everything. She has nice teeth."

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It'll be in the discount bin at the dollar store in 2 years.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    ???

  • Madashelle

    Oh please! Enuff of this b.s. title mess already! Geez f...kng Louise.

  • Nunya Business

    ????

  • Kimberly King

    Bloopity BLOOP!

  • Fire & Ice

    I don't why I always thought that she was Latina

  • Kimberly King

    That dress is awful. I hate silver.

  • Nunya Business

    You think he features are diluted? I see big lips and a wider nose. The only thing she has is lighter skin but those features scream African ancestry to me.

  • Sushi

    CW log out, you are in timeout....LOL

  • Yui

    With whom we’re sure they’ve sat next to and considered her to be a classy lesbian thespian.

  • NeverSurprised

    ??????

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So you don't believe in bisexuality?
    OK

  • NeverSurprised

    Both Will and Tomny Lee. They were so entertaining.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You're as shameless as always.

  • Applebootay
  • Applebootay

    You been looking to start some shat with KCM for a few days now I see......AND I"M HERE FOR IT HONTY!

  • MsSapphire9800

    Everyone wants to be the "it" person for LGBT community...Why take the role...she know the title was M.I.B. not F/M.I.B...or L/M.I.B. and definitely not G.I.B.....so why take the role and than cry and try to start so liberal b.s. Ms Thompson...you are now in my file with T. Crews and the rest. https://media0.giphy.com/media/3gUjt1bxz6N0YSKRKE/giphy.gif

  • Yui

    The white fans want Tessa to play the character in my avatar. I’m like, “why? Coz she’s the only black girl you know?”

  • Renee26

    Looking might boy like in that 1st pic

  • Renee26

    Do you?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Her mom is a latina (not sure the race) her dad is Black American.

  • smartchickfl

    Also, that she's absolutely GORGEOUS in person??... No offense Kcool..I like your comments?.

  • Renee26

    He will let you know ?

  • Meme

    Ummmm yessssss I was going to say! Has she always been female?

  • Alextra Ballard

    I ain neva looked at shidt like that before

  • Meme

    I don't hate silver but the dress...... quite simply put is horrific! It doesn't know what to do the ruffles the off shoulder the side trail and the shine shine *uuuuggghhhhh*

  • Meme

    I know right you cooking on gas or electric mate?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Tessa dress is Ug-gah-lee,looks like she wrapped herself in aluminum foil.

  • Fire & Ice

    Oh ok

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lol

  • Nik

    Robert Downey Jr. My baaaaabbbbyyyyyyy! https://media3.giphy.com/media/1hqb8LwPS2xCNCpWH8/giphy.gif

  • Nik
  • chan chan

    I like MIB men in black. This hussie need to sthu.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I think it’s becuz of her hair being snatched up

  • Li-Wright

    Does she know that it's based on a comic book? I think she said in an interview that the first movie came out when she was a baby. Anyway, I hope she was joking.

  • ImReallyCaitlynNotMelania
  • Bree

    Bigger fish to fry Tessa, bigger fish!!!!

  • Nathan Hastings

    ??????? This movie will flop.

  • Bree

    So true!

  • speakinmymind

    Tessa, SIT yo $5 ass down! Bytches wanna pussify every damn thing these days! I'm a woman, proud Black woman at that, and I'm sick of it.??

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I believe that sexuality is fluid.

    It's weird though that society believes women can be bisexual while men are either gay or straight.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I believe that sexuality is fluid.

    It's weird though that society believes women can be bisexual while men are either gay or straight.

  • the guest

    Exactly.

  • the guest

    It’s so annoying when women of color kiss white feminist butt. I mean like what kind of pat on the head is she expecting from needlessly changing the name of MIB. She’s immature.

  • Renee Bee

    Foil-ianna. ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    The trailer looks like trash....It ain’t no MIB without Will and Tommy lee. They should have left it alone.

  • Alextra Ballard

    ??

  • Taj

    Throw her away!

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    She's lucky she has a job. Why wasn't she suggesting the name change during her audition? Stupid.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    In Other News... Lee Daniels is a Queen ?

    'Empire' creator says he had to cut off communication with Jussie Smollett after scandal

    (CNN) — The co-creator of "Empire" television series said he's "beyond embarrassed" by the Jussie Smollett scandal, and had to cut off communication with the actor after he allegedly staged a hate crime.

    In an interview with Vulture published Tuesday, Lee Daniels was asked about Smollett claiming he was the victim of a hate crime that Chicago police said he allegedly staged.
    Smollett was written out of the final episodes of the show's fifth season following allegations he faked a hate crime against himself in January. Daniels said he views Smollett like a son, and was "beyond embarrassed" after he initially supported him.
    "I think that when it happened, I had a flash of me running from bullies. I had a flash of my whole life, of my childhood, my youth, getting beaten," he told Vulture.

    He said he was "too busy putting out fires" to keep up with coverage on the case, and had to stop communicating with the actor.

    "I had to detach myself and stop calling him, because it was taking away the time I have for my kids, the time I have for my partner. It was affecting my spirit and other shows, everything," he said.

    Last week, Daniels also shot down a media report that implied Smollett would return for the sixth season of the show.
    "This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire," Daniels said in a tweet to Variety after it reported an "exclusive" saying Smollett would return in Season 6.
    The drama starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will end after the sixth season.

  • abby500

    Sign me up! I’m sick of it all too. That’s yt ppl’s doings!

  • abby500

    I concur

  • abby500

    Fugg HER!!!

  • abby500

    Yaaasss preach!

  • MsPam

    And you know it.????

  • Solstice

    LMMFAO!!!! Ms. Pam ????? I cannot with you. I’m putting your name on the board! ?

  • Solstice

    I hate he died in Endgame ?

  • Eileen

    who cares about hollywood stupidology. why is tessa looking like reynolds wrap?

  • Eileen

    Thank you I am so sick of it too! dumb hollywood!

  • Eileen

    As a black women I dont give 2 cents worth of trash to feminism they hate bw anyway...

  • Logan Roberts

    This broad is so overrated. She is the definition of light skinned benefits & protection. Ugh.

  • Eileen

    reynolds wrap style...

  • Eileen

    Hellllllllllllllllllllllllllo!!!! neither can I...LOL confused folks

  • Eileen

    I believe there is a silent movement of people who are real tired of the confused alphabet shyte of people who can't accept that everybody aint on they train of fools...smh sadly

  • Eileen

    I agree they act confused anyway like they dont know which way to go..smh

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I would like to know who does she think she is ?

  • grenadiadrian

    Oh boy. I'm gonna need this bullet-head ass "Great Value" Angela Simmons to swiftly shut the hell up.

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/qvRjLOs2SVPsk/giphy.gif

  • Nik

    It broke my heart.

  • Nik

    It broke my heart.

  • true french

    Just someone with the right to share an opinion regarding a project she was a part of. ?????

  • EMILY POST

    OMG talk about uninteresting actresses that don't make you want to go to the movies.
    NOBODY is checking for this chick let alone her sexuality. Who cares.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    You Sooo petty LeBrick??

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Diluted Negroid features??? oh wow

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil
  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Awwww yall giving her the "Shut Up & Dribble" huh. Smh.

  • R in NYC

    Pussify ????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???

  • missmiami305

    Watching Creed right now and her voice throughout the ENTIRE film annoys the hell out me. Still one of my fav movies ?????. Chris is actually a funny guy to me. They must have great chemistry. I’ll check the film out on demand or something.

  • missmiami305
  • missmiami305

    When dude in Creed told her to ? acting lightskin???

  • missmiami305

    ??????????

  • missmiami305

    Finally!!!!!!!! Someone with some sense. When will black women get it through their damn heads that feminism and the black woman don’t even belong in the same sentence??

  • the guest

    Hollywood white people have gassed her head so far up its ridiculous,

  • Meme

    ??

  • Meme

    Foil-ianna has me cracking up this morning i had to come back again lol, like a halfway done turkey but the foil got ripped so you had to piece together the bits of ripped foil, subsequently some of the turkey didn't get coverage and some got extra! ?

  • Kay J

    Is she dumb and how big is her head swollen?? She needs to SIT DOWN!

  • MrsSpice1

    Lol? say tht sht?!!????!!

  • MrsSpice1

    ???!!! Lol #MindFlop ??

  • MrsSpice1

    Yesss!! Skip that creepshow aladdin ?????he shouldve just did men in black 4 or 5 or whatever this one is lol!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Dont Kill a franchise over a name..the end..I think its dope that from the beginning the top Man in Black was a WOMAN! Gone nah yew..make me not even want to go see it.. so I won't and if it happens to cross my bootleg path..them maybe.. https://media2.giphy.com/media/jokMHrduxU2knmOgSG/giphy.gif

  • sunni_daze
  • sunni_daze

    Her acting annoys me.

  • sunni_daze

    Not great Value....lls

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    The question is . Does she think she's that important that she can change the name of a movie that already has had three different trilogies already. Sometimes we can think too highly of ourselves instead of appreciating the opportunity that was given to us

  • Renee26

    I that the double standard is wild... People screw who they screw, I'm assuming that is being sexually fluid. Please excuse my ignorance, there are so many categories now.

    I'm old school so I think anybody who has sex with the same sex is in the main category of "gay". Bi etc that fall under that.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Yawn....

  • currvalicious

    True. I've noticed that.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    YES!!!!!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    RIGHT!!! Lol...

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • Shira Harding-James

    Yes ?
    We’re more of the Black Panther type

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I hate and love you for this LOL

  • currvalicious

    She has this way where she tries to come across as so intellectual & deep. She's an activist, a this, a that. Chile please, by.

  • rory

    :/

  • PetiteButterScotch

    But there was a woman in the first one..her role wasn’t as prominent but in the end she became an agent too. ? and how they gon just give her the name Michael wanted ??? “I can be agent M”

  • PetiteButterScotch

    But there was a woman in the first one..her role wasn’t as prominent but in the end she became an agent too. ? and how they gon just give her the name Michael wanted ??? “I can be agent M”

  • PetiteButterScotch

    ?????

  • Justamom

    Woe is me. Please shut up & go away. Be grateful that you’re a working black actress in hollyweird. It’s the name of the franchise DUH!

  • Vegas1989

    I'm going to need you to go sit in the empty office for a time out. I will get you when I feel the time is right. Thank you. LOL

  • GodsGirlC
  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    girl...no...

  • Indies beauty

    Perfect example of a first world problem

  • Kanyade

    LOL

  • TheOwley

    Because the word "MEN" has become so offensive everywhere, and yes, they are teaching children God is genderless or even a woman. They now have Batwoman where she is a man hater but appropriates everything Batman and takes credit.

  • Logan Roberts

    I never seen Creed, but I know her type. I family members that are light like her and they think the world revolves around them.

  • Trey

    I hope she gets blackballed for 18 months because of this silly ish....play your position and let the movie speak for itself

  • Trey

    Thanks to her this MIB is the worst one yet

  • Trace da Ace

    YAWN.....so? Next!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL ok

  • Dollmeshia Dee-Dee Clark
  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Amen???

  • TransMichelle

    You nailed it...!

  • TransMichelle

    Yep...the püzzies already ruined some other franchieses like Ghost Busters,destroyed Oceans 11, F'ed up Star Wars, killed Captain Marvel, and more, and now it's MIB's turn. I wish they'd STHU too.

  • TransMichelle

    "Just in time for Pride Month, a pair of lesbians from Brazil celebrated their “true selves” by murdering their nine-year-old son, whom one year prior they tried to make “transgender” by forcibly cutting off the now-deceased boy’s private parts and carving a makeshift vagina in its place.

    According to reports, 27-year-old Rosana da Silva Candido, the boy’s biological mother, and 28-year-old Kacyla Damasceno Pessao, her lesbian partner, stabbed nine-year-old Rhuan Maycon to death on May 31 after a year of evading police and Child Protective Services.

    The father of young Rhuan had desperately been trying to save his son from the clutches of the boy’s deranged LGBTQP mother and her partner, who reportedly moved “across states and around the country” to avoid being caught.

    In the end, however, the two women were successful in terminating Rhuan’s life, all because he was male and they apparently wanted a female or a “transgender.”
    https://media3.giphy.com/media/RYUkNJETOyI6I/giphy.gif
    He gave this sh^t wings to fly..!

  • Sassie

    I understand why they kept the name, but to be honest, it makes no sense to call it MEN in black if you cast a WOMAN as the lead.

  • jujumanji

    I love Tessa to death but girl no. It's not that deep. Just say your lines, collect your check and go advocate somewhere else. If anything they could just call the movie MIB:INTERNATIONAL that way you dont say the entire title, but the producers shutting you down was the way to go for sure.

  • Bashi22

    These entitled women think ? they should change everything for certain agenda you are attached too. You maybe mix but will consider black and put aside once you cannot make them a good profit. Focus on yourself more and help the needy in England. I wonder if her father was in her life.

  • Keekz

    Just another reason why I will NOT see this film.

  • sjames

    yea lol it's its own franchise. this is a battle not worth fighting

  • missmiami305

    Lawd hammercy. Let me google this.

  • missmiami305

    Everything about her annoys me.

  • Raquel

    Where is Janelle Monae at? Tell her to come get her GF.

  • Raquel

    I feel bad for saying this but, have you seen this kid NOW from your meme??? Chile.....is he of age before I say too much cuz um.......yeah. lol

  • Renee Bee

    All of this! ?

  • TransMichelle

    It's a mess...!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol no I haven't, but I'm about to google him.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Asapidy

  • Alextra Ballard

    I figured it would be

  • Marlika

    This chic is annoying.? This movie is going to bomb! Who’s wants to see MIB with out Will or Tommie???

  • Coffy

    Was it necessary to say it and she's bisexual when you're talking about the movie. It's 2019, we all know that she says that she's bisexual. I don't care, they're all bi in LA.

  • Coffy

    It looks horrible. I don't waste two hours at home watching movies, so?????

  • MistaO

    All feminists are usually horrible people.

  • Chicagowise

    Yes. I believe in bisexuality. I also believe they are extremely confused and greedy. In comparison to their gay and straight counterparts, some studies suggest bisexuals have higher rates of mental health issues.

    I unknowingly dated a bisexual for 5 years. He had the nerve to introduce me to the woman he was seeing, while practically living with me. I'm not sure what his motive was for introducing us, but it back fired, because I could tell by the way she was looking at him, that she was more than a friend. So... right there... on the spot... I asked her if she was "f-ing" him. When she asked why I wanted to know, I said, "because I am f-ing him in a way that you'll never be able to."

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I don't think being greedy is limited to bisexuals.

    I get hit up all of the time by gay partnered men. I think that men are greedy when it comes to sex regardless of sexual orientation including straight men.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    They said tessa 'stunned ' on the red carpet.
    ..lol.
    yes,
    to translate the fashion sarcasm, they mean every self respecting, nice
    gown buying, red carpet strolling fashion consumer gasped with sheer
    horror at this outfit. It's not a design stolen from me so, cool,
    but..... Look what rocnation to fashion.

    lol.
    Wtf is that tessa? Do y'all get budgets to market the movies or.... Are
    the good stylists that will work in Hollywood dead ? or boycotting
    yall? I think they are dead and or boycotting

  • KcoolMuziq

    This brings back memories when I worked in MIB 2 with Will Smith & Nick Canon(his first movie).

  • Dun Dilly

    SHe's lucky.

  • true french

    I'm still not quite sure that what she mentioned showed lack of appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of that franchise. I just don't think there's anything wrong with seeking change in an establishment. For example, when Harvard or Yale students of color (just random prestigious PWIs that I'm using for examples) long for more diversity and equality, that doesn't mean that they think too highly of themselves or are ungrateful by their opportunity to be a student there. For some people, just having a seat at the table while being served crumbs is not enough while others around you are served steak. In my opinion.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I get what your saying but that's a whole nother situation this is something trivial. I don't get where the title Men In Black was insulting or condescending to even consider a change which makes me think that there was some sort of arrogance behind her asking for change. There have been veteran and seasoned actors that I feel had the right to ask for a change and they didn't feel the need so what I'm trying to understand is why does she feel the need

  • Overpower Radio

    ...AND she's pitching a name change. Dead all that. Make your own movie about aliens and call it what you want. This one is Men in Black.

  • Overpower Radio

    She's corny.