Zendaya was giving the role of portraying Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the singer’s life leading to her death. She has been dealing with lot of back lash upon getting the role which is really unfortunate.
Not only have fans with her getting the role, claiming that she is not black enough, Aaliyah’s family is against the movie all together.
Our friends at TMZ got a chance to talk with Zendaya about her new role and her thoughts on the back lash.
“A lot of people say I’m not black enough. Half black is just enough. It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those that don’t know, Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike but she was that character so I think that’s what it’s all about.”
Her father chimes in jokingly, And one thing, they’re shooting this in the summer spending lots of time in the sun. She’ll get dark enough.”
The thing people are forgetting is that a lot of girls auditioned for this role. Zendaya was the girl who, in the casting directors eyes, had the most believable portrayal of Aaliyah.
Aaliyah’s family is also upset about the movie, but for different reasons.
“Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash.
Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.
Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!
Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons.
We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.”
How do you feel about the movie?