After lots of hemming and hawing, fits and starts, it looks as if that Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana is coming out, and black Twitter is not having it.
On Tuesday the movie poster was released, and tweets ranged from some that just said “no” repeatedly to others that consisted of virtual head shaking at the disrespect of having a slight, brown-skinned woman darkened up to play a large, imposing, dark-skinned icon. To many it’s just more Hollywood B.S.—and highlights the fact that there are not enough black actresses being given a chance there.
Zoe Saldana should not be playing Nina Simone, no, no, no, pic.twitter.com/cSLtRVepUr
— Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) March 1, 2016
Ya’ll discuss whatever you want – I’m not seeing ANY MOVIE where Nina Simone is played by someone who says they aren’t Black. PERIOD.
— #StepUpScholastic (@LeslieMac) March 1, 2016
That Zoe Saldana pic as Nina Simone looks like the blackface of a bad Halloween or frat party 😏
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) March 1, 2016
This pics of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone…listen, you’ll never convince me a dark skinned Black woman couldn’t have played that role better.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) March 1, 2016
This film is still happening w/ Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone. WHY, SWEET ALABASTER BABY JESUS IN A MANGER W/ TIMBS ON? pic.twitter.com/0LKuOz3LWi
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) March 1, 2016
zoe saldana looks foolish at nina simone. foolish.
— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) March 1, 2016
Though there are rumors that Saldana doesn’t identify as black, the video below says otherwise. However, the fact remains that another actress might have been a better choice to play a woman so many revere and look to for her deep liberation songs.
“Zoe Saldana is not a black woman” pic.twitter.com/gGwJuh3zfb
— Read My Bio For Help (@KingJohnLove) March 1, 2016