Some feel that Hollywood just don’t get it. The idea that a dark-skinned African-American don’t land the role playing a dark-skinned African-American in an industry where good black roles are difficulty is offensive at the very least.
Zoe Saldana, at the center of a firestorm after the new trailer for Nina— the Nina Simone biopic where the actress portrays the infamous singer was released— appears to show the actress in what some are calling “blackface.”
Saldana, who is not of African-American heritage and is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, transformed herself for the role of a lifetime, using make-up to darken her skin and wearing a prosthetic nose for the part.
But some are very upset with the choice to cast the actress known for her performances in Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy and the decision to alter her appearance in what some say is a culturally offensive way.
BET founder Robert L. Johnson, has issued a statement in response to the growing controversy Saldana is facing.
Johnson, who is also the founder of RLJ Entertainment, the company distributing, Nina, said in a statement: “Zoe Saldana delivers an exceptional and mesmerizing tribute to Nina Simone. She gave her heart and soul to the role and displayed her extraordinary talent. The most important thing is that creativity or quality of performance should never be judged on the basis of color, or ethnicity, or physical likeness. Quality entertainment should be measured by the sheer force of creativity and the commitment that an actor or actress brings to the performance. We are proud to distribute the film headlined by Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo on April 22, 2016.”
Wendy Williams said on her show on Thursday: “This is just as insulting as a white woman in blackface.”
Zoe Saldana have yet responded to the latest firestorm but she did respond in 2013 when she first accepted the role saying:
“I’m AM A PROUD BLACK WOMAN”
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