Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 2014
Wins Oscar For Playing Character Sold Into Slavery
SEX WORKER ROLE
Girl in Eclipsed 2015
Tony Nominated For Playing A Character Held Captive As A Sex Slave
Lupita won the Academy Award for playing the real-life enslaved person Patsey in “12 Years A Slave.” Her character must endure being raped repeatedly by her master. Unfortunately, submitting oneself to this sexual abuse is far better than being whipped.
Watch Scene From “12 Years A Slave”
In her Broadway debut, Lupita starred in the play “Eclipsed,” written by Danai Gurira (she plays Michonne on “The Walking Dead.”) The setting takes place in 2003, during the Liberian civil war. Four women are held captive as sex slaves by a rebel commander. Lupita plays the newest and youngest sex slave brought into the fold. The character has no name and is called “the girl.” But her arrival shakes up the relationships among the other four women as each faces the ugly aspects of the war. No clips of Lupita’s performance are available online.
Some have disputed sexual slavery is sex work because
Playing a sexually abused kidnap victim doesn’t equate to playing someone who works in the sex industry.
However human trafficking is defined as
The trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.
No one would question those women forced into sexual slavery as a sex worker.
Lupita Nyong’o and the cast of “The Eclipsed”.
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