The financial future of Nina, a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, is looking awfully dim after the film’s trailer was blasted by the Black community.
The film stars actress Zoe Saldana, who wore dark makeup, a prosthetic nose and afro wig to channel the complex musical icon’s look. Saldana’s ironic form of Blackface infuriated Black Twitter, which has BET found Bob Johnson on the defensive.
His RLJ Entertainment company produced the film, a film he says he proud to distribute despite the backlash it’s generate.
“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.”
It’s true, but also sounds an awful lot like talking points from those on the other side of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Anyway, Nina is in theaters on April 22, 2016. Will you be going to see it?