Earlier today Rachel Zegler performed a passionate reading of a portion of Britney Spearsrecent angry letter to her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears. (Nobody cares about the particulars.) Almost immediately Zegler was kicked, gouged and lashed by woke Twitter for showing a lack of sensitivity. And of course she apologized for this.

What Zegler was doing, of course, was seizing upon an acting opportunity, which is what actors often like to do. I happen to feel that she showed more range and angularity and emotional intrigue in this reading than she showed in all of West Side Story, which limited her to playing a willful Puerto Rican innocent. Seriously — Zegler reminded me of Faye Dunaway in Network or Mommie Dearest. I am now more impressed by Zegler’s acting chops than I was before today.