The plot HAS thickened…
Last we reported, the family of the late R&B star Aaliyah Haughton was not pleased with a movie being made, despite actress Zendaya Coleman's confirmation that it's moving full steam ahead. And now they’ve made an official statement about their dissatisfaction about the film being made without their consent, and well as the way it’s being made (TV vs. the big screen).
On behalf of the entire family, Aaliyah's uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson released a statement yesterday (June 20), urging fans to bombard Lifetime Network with calls and letters to stop the film's production.
The statement reads:
"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."
There’s soooooo many factors surrounding the making (or not making) of this movie, we're already exausted with the entire thing! But it’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out.
Do you agree with Hankerson?