Some internet segments have complained about the casting of Kirby Howell-Baptiste, a black woman, as Death. The controversy angered Gaiman himself, as he tweeted, “Sandman woke up in 1988, and it hasn’t gone bankrupt yet.” He added that he didn’t care at all about “people who don’t understand/read Sandman complaining about a non-binary desire or that death isn’t white enough”. Indeed, critics have proven Gaiman absolutely right and haters wrong – Howell-Baptiste was praised for her performance in episode 6, in which she takes Dream on several trips to visit people on the planet. point of dying.
“She’s a nanny, she’s motherly, she’s caring and she takes her job very seriously, which is to be there at the very end,” Baptiste said. Collider“so that people are not afraid and that they are reassured to enter the next phase of their life or the hereafter.”
Alongside ‘The Sandman’, Howell-Baptiste had a fantastic string of television roles, including ‘Killing Eve’, ‘Barry’ and ‘The Good Place’. What might be less fantastic to watch is his screen debut, in a short film titled “Prepare Keisha.” In this ultra-low-budget teen drama, Howell-Baptiste plays the title character, Keisha James, who moves to a private boarding school to rebuild her image and escape her school bullies, only to find things could be worse than she is. before.