India Arie is not happy with images of actress Zoe Saldana filming scenes for an upcoming Nina Simone biopic.
Taking to the net recently, Arie likened Saldana’s make up and prosthetic nose to someone portraying Simone in black-face.
“I saw the images of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone… and I think they are ridiculous! Yes there should be a movie made, and yes they should have chosen someone who LOOKS like Nina Simone, especially since her race played such a pivotal role in who, what and why, she was,” said Arie. “That aside for a second, this just looks WEIRD, it looks like a person in Black(er) face with a fake nose… REALLY?!!!! Does not the one Nina Simone’s legacy deserve better than this?”
Saddened, Arie says these images are “out of place” with what should be accurate from a historical standpoint.
“But these images… just make me feel… SAD. Not because I want to play Nina Simone but because it feels out of place with what Nina Simone means in an African American historical context!!!!” says Arie.
As widely reported, the forthcoming film has drawn much controversy and backlash, not only for the make up and prosthetic nose, but casting.
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C: SF Gate