Thursday, March 03, 2016

Estate of Nina Simone Rips Zoe Saldana


Back in 2012 actress Zoe Saldana found herself at the center of controversy after she was cast to play legendary soul singer Nina Simone [click here if you missed that].

Yesterday the trailer for the film was released and after Zoe Tweeted support for the film the Estate of Nina Simone ripped her to shreds...





37 comments:

Oneal Stevens said...

She is that hoe Neytiri to me. SMH

Anonymous said...

Why the hate.... I don't get it we all people of color - and its a movie about a person of color so why the hate... cause she's not "black".... we can't cry for equality and then take it away from others - if we want traditionally white roles we have to open up traditionally black roles to other races.... anything short of that is hypocrisy...

Tiffanyinthecity said...

@7:12 - what the fuck are you talking about!?! Taking Traditional roles of "others"!?! Tha fuck does that mean? Niggas playing George Washington in movies now? You sound like a BROWN or YELLOW fucking idiot. You can't be black saying nut ass shit like that and not understanding why folks are mad at this. Have several seats.

Anonymous said...

I just can't with this. I like Zoe, I really do. But black face is NOT cool. There are too many sisters of darker complexion who could have told this story with grace. May this movie rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Why the hate? Because Zoe loves to say that she's not black but this b**ch loves to claim black roles. I can think of twenty other actresses that could have played Nina. Furthermore, Nina was pro-black. She would not be okay with this casting.

No!!!!!! said...

Did white people throw bitch fits after Zoe played Mia Farrow character when they redid Rosemary's baby?!
Pressed about the wrong shit as usual. Mad cause she married a white dude. Mad her people are Dominican or some shit. Tell the truth and shame the devil nothing to see here folks!!!

Anonymous said...

@7:27am You need anger management for real.

Eunice Chantilly said...

Lmao...Is that White tears I see...Equality is letting White people play traditionally Black roles? Wow. Rosemary and her demon baby are fictional, Nina is not. Whatever though. Y'all got me smiling now. Let me go get me coffee before I lose this buzz...

Anonymous said...

I agree with 8:05. while the story line is great I can't get with the black face

Anonymous said...

@ 8:20 Rosemary's Baby is a fictional character. Nina Simone was a living, breathing person, So that statement is nonsense. Whenever you have to completely change the color of you skin for a movie role, then it probably best not to pass.

Anonymous said...

Rosemary's baby is pretend, Nina Simone is real. BIG BIG DIFFERENCE

I don't think painting youself to be darker is in good taste, especially when someone of similar skintone could have easily been cast in the role. Wasn't Mary J pining for this role? At least she can sing *sheesh*

Let's be clear here, Zoe Saldana is a very mean person, and she hates herself - not just her African heritage, but her Latino heritage as well. Read any article about her in any magazine and it will be mentioned. Her hair, her skin tone - all those things she says she struggles with to accept. Bitch get over it already or kill yourself.

So, when is this movie coming out to DVD or On Demand? Cause 4 years in the making and ain't shit popping...shiiiiiii
Shouts out to Oyelowo, tho. Now that is a brother that is handsome and he can act - white woman be damned! He jsut really confused right now - so pray for his salvation - LOL!

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^I meant it's probably best to pass

Anonymous said...

Zoe you are a victim of BAD CASTING

Anonymous said...

Bottom line........Black Face on anyone is not cute, not cute at all.

Bee Gee said...

Hollywood shit, I don't really care anymore. Zoe is confused. At one point, she claimed that there was no such thing as "people of color," that black people aren't black and that whites are actually "pink".

Then she says that when she goes to the Dominican Republic, she constantly has to tell people "I am a black woman".

I thought we figured this out already... hollywood actors and actresses, those who are racially ambiguous, will be whatever race is $$convenient$$, get it? This is what it is..

Anonymous said...

I'm glad y'all got that "rose Mary's baby" bullshit together. Whites and coons will reach for anything to defend some bullshit. Zoe should've turned this down, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

When has she said that she was not Black? #FactCheck She did an interview for EBONY magazine and graced the cover and said she was black. She has said this in many interviews She is a black Latina also known as Afro-Latina. I swear we are the only race that love to tear our own down. She was born in the Dominican Republic into Latin culture however very much accepts her Black Heritage. Yeah, the makeup is awful but why condemn her when you've never seen the movie. The trailer is only a small snippet. Rosie Perez is Afro Latina but claims she is NOT black. Maybe Zoe was the best actress that auditioned.

Anonymous said...

When has she said that she was not Black? #FactCheck She did an interview for EBONY magazine and graced the cover and said she was black. She has said this in many interviews She is a black Latina also known as Afro-Latina. I swear we are the only race that love to tear our own down. She was born in the Dominican Republic into Latin culture however very much accepts her Black Heritage. Yeah, the makeup is awful but why condemn her when you've never seen the movie. The trailer is only a small snippet. Rosie Perez is Afro Latina but claims she is NOT black. Maybe Zoe was the best actress that auditioned.

Anonymous said...

I think she is a great actress You have to be able to transform and tell a story as an actor/actress. I believe she can do it and I would support the film

Anonymous said...

Since the family was excluded from involvement in any aspect of this film and I firmly against it I would not support it. Famous or not I know personally when people try to retell the story of any of my loved ones who have passed away and it's inaccurate it should not be tolerated.

Tippie Toes said...

I like Zoe for this role. I think all this hype over her race is just as stupid and very typical.

Anonymous said...

Forest Whitaker was "black faced" in the Last King of Scotland and the makeup was dark and horrible. I don't remember hearing or seeing any complaints. In fact I believe he won an Oscar. Now Zoe is wearing dark makeup and she is "not black" enough and it's a problem. Zoe Zaldana is black Latin and embraces it. She's said that she has had problems as a kid because when they moved to the US, Blacks felt like she was not Black enough and Latins felt she was not Hispanic enough. She has said that she equally accepts and loves both ethnicities. It's who she is. We as Blacks come in all skin tones, all beautiful. I'm looking forward to see her acting and then and only then will this role be judged by me.

Ateya said...

I don't get it either. It's a role. She is a professional and loved Nina. So for the estate to state that directly to Zoe was not cool at all. I say just be mad at person who is making the movie (writer) NOT Zoe.

Strawberries said...

@No!!!!!! Rosemary's Baby was a fiction horror movie, not a biography of a real person. Furthermore, Zoe didn't have to dress in blackface for Rosemary's Baby. If she couldn't even get the blessing of Nina's family and she did it anyway, that should let you know how foul this shit is. Zoe is Latina and doesn't even remotely look anything close to African American. There were other worthy black actresses (Viola Davis for example) who could have pulled this off without being in the highly historically offensive blackface. But then again if you were socially conscious, I wouldn't have had to even break this shit down for you.

Anonymous said...

It's a sad day when mofo's get all up in their feelings over some chit that don't mean chit in the grand scheme of things y'all on here ready to lynch people about their opinions related to a phuckin movie.... get a life and grow up

Anonymous said...

SMDH some people just like to complain. I would definitely question this if they gave the role to Katie Holmes or someone white.

I couldn't see anyone else planning the role of Ike Turner but Lawrence Fishbourne but he looked absolutely NOTHING like Ike!

Wanda Morris said...

Its just hard to imagine Zoe playing Nina Simone. Its not realistic. There are a lot of other actresses they could have picked. Makes No Sense

Anonymous said...

Elephant in the room: Zoe can barely sing and Nina Simone's estate didn't allow for much of her catalog to be used...There are SO many talented actresses of color (Anika Noni Rose) who can sing and play piano, why choose someone the estate didn't want, who can't open a movie and who can't sing? Anika may not be able to "open" the movie, but it might have gotten critical acclaim. Instead it's already a laughing stock...Totally unfair to Ms. Simone and her legacy.

BEANTOWN BULLI said...

Pleas we all know there are other BLACK actors who could have slayed that role. Who did she suck off to get it??? Its an embarrassment. India Arie would have been my first pick then the lady from Getting Away with Murder

Anonymous said...

^^^India Arie would have been wonderful!

Anonymous said...

the blackface is bad enough. but i am also disturbed how they are focusing on how "crazy" nina was. yes, she struggled with mental illness and that should't be glossed over. but to make a whole film about how "messed" up she was was is well messed up. but not surprising. the film was writtne and directed by a white woma so of course she is going to focus on the less stellar of nina's life. it's hard for white women to see the beauty in black women unless it's some crazy stereotype. and oh yeah f*ck zoe. she flip flops too much on race issues to even think about putting ninas name in her mouth let alone playing her in a movie!

Anonymous said...

Amen! @4:45pm

Anonymous said...

I THINK everyone is upset because of the pattern the public is seeing. When movies touch on a sensitive topic and they tend trivialize things, it makes for a bad movie, the rock's Hercules, the other Hercules, the recently released Egyptian(sp) movie in which few or no black actors were cast. The powers behind the scene came out only to apologize. Only done because these films flopped badly at the box office. Read between these lines: they are telling you they know they made a mistake and it's going cost them. In dollars

Anonymous said...

@4:45
How do you know it was written by a white woman? Can you give us a name? or are you just talking out your a** to make it seem worse?

Anonymous said...

9:12 - The writer/director is a white woman...

http://jezebel.com/meet-the-team-behind-nina-1762401564

White or Black, Ms. Simone's family didn't want this movie and their wishes should have been respected. Peace and Blessings and have several seats

Anonymous said...

Oh, and 9:12 - This is 9:36 who's totally unafilated with 4:45. If you're going to come to an Urban blog to troll, please make sure you have your facts first. In the meantime take your sad spirit back to Reddit.

Nyawela Gianna said...

Good point 11:28 AM about Forrest Whitaker's blackface in Last King of Scotland... would be nice to hear what someone else thinks of that of that.

I would mention Steve Carrell who donned a prosthetic nose to play real life person John du Pont. Couldn't find any black actors/actresses that's done it though...

Bottom line is it's always going to be a touchy subject because of history of the minstrel shows that mocked and degraded us. I don't believe the makers of the film or Zoe has the same intention but it's still going to strike a nerve and that's the picture we'll see in our minds.

Goes to show that most of us are having a hard time healing from the trauma of slavery and segregation. Despite what people may say trauma gets passed down when it's not dealt with. To add insult to injury those wounds get ripped open with the blatant acts of racism in the country right now.

Then there's the stigma of mental illness (post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental illness) in the black community that keeps us from getting the help we need in order to deal with it in a healthy way. So for now we need to be sensitive to one another. Open-minded but sensitive. Otherwise it'll keep dividing us the same way slavery has.

Just my opinion.

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