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First let me state, that I have no problem with Zoe Saldana as an actress. I neither like her or loathe her.  I’ve only seen one film, Colombiana, and it was just “meh”. I wasn’t buying the “emaciated assassin avenges her family’s murder” plot.  But recently,  Saldana has been making the press rounds for her new Star Trek movie and seems to suffer from “foot in mouth” disease.

First there’s this comment about the Nina Simone movie:

“Let me tell you, if Elizabeth Taylor can be Cleopatra, I can be Nina — I’m sorry,” Saldana said, unapologetically, according to Allure. “It doesn’t matter how much backlash I will get for it. I will honor and respect my black community because that’s who I am.”

Being one person who really didn’t care if Saldana was portraying Simone, this analogy is just ridiculous.  Believe me Zoe, if there was social media back in Elizabeth Taylor’s heyday  the complaints would have been heard all over the world. Hell, my grandmother still complains after all of these years. But back then, there wasn’t tons of “ethnic” looking actresses running around Hollywood, like there are tons of talented black actresses today. Not that it made it right for them to cast Elizabeth Taylor as an Egyptian, but it’s Hollywood and supply was limited.  But if I were to jump on the bandwagon of  “there’s so many better people to play Nina Simone because of their looks”, then sorry, I’m not Team Zoe and can’t agree with her this time, even though I was one of the few people to support her quest in becoming Nina.

Then there’s her abuse of the word “androgyny” when she speaks about possibly being able to fall in love with a woman, marry one and raise a family.

In the magazine, Saldana, 34, describes herself as “androgynous.” She says she may “end up with a woman raising my children…that’s how androgynous I am!” When asked to clarify if she was open to the idea of raising a child with another woman as her partner? She said, “Yes, I was raised that open.”

Then she went on the Today Show, talking about androgyny again. Saying she could see herself living with and loving a woman.

That is not androgyny. That is called being bi-sexual, since you’ve also have had long term relationships with men, and say you still like men.

For the record, the meaning of androgyny is:

1: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female
2a : neither specifically feminine nor masculine
 b : suitable to or for either sex <androgynous clothing>
Please someone tell Zoe to stick to talking about Star Trek, because anything else is making her look a little bit odd. Did Bradley Cooper drive her crazy or something?

 

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  1. Aaron

    You are incorrect. Yes, Cleopatra was a Ptolemaic (illegitimate) queen. However, it was determined her mitochondrial DNA is in fact African.

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  2. talaktochoba

    what can you possibly expect from Hollywood’s latest tragic mullata, who’s clearly bedded so many white men she believes their lies about her not being “coloured”?

    really, is she any different than the tragic mullato playing golf these days, who claims he’s from some world called “Cabalenasia” no one, with or without his money, has ever been able to prove existed?

    wonder what they’d say when they found out that the arayan race they so identify with/glorify patheticly glom onto with all their nouveau riche might is actually a mutant offshoot of originally African peoples who wandered off during the Pangea and ended up stranded for millenia in half-frozen Europe?

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  3. Mona

    For the record, the meaning of androgyny is: (Definition) Androgyny means….
    1: having the characteristics or nature of both male and female
    2a : neither specifically feminine nor masculine
    b : suitable to or for either sex
    Zoe Saldana is an awesome actress and played her character in the film Colombiana extremely well.
    Maybe Zoe is attaching herself to definition two because she may represent the nature of a male in some aspects of her life that people may or may not see. Remember, a perspective is subjective and is the true experience and reality of the individual, and qualitative research supports this theory. She may also consider herself neither feminine nor masculine and suitable for definition ‘b” because she may be able to wear androgynous attire during her down time. I think Zoe should continue to be who she is as long as she is not harming others or bringing an injustice to society that impacts the productive living of others in a negative manner.
    If we all could all access and utilize that compartment in the brain that allows one to feel the heart of another human being and know what is in the heart of a man or woman, we would not have certain politicians, senators, governors, mayors, policy makers, television executives, elected officials, and other people in high positions who make selfish decisions and crooked policies that impact negatively the lives of the middle class, minorities, poor, and people that are vulnerable. Why do many people with positions, wealth, power, and titles try to manipulate the public by diverting the attention away from the real issues that hurt people and impact our society? Zoe is not the phenomenon that is causing America to deteriorate and suffer. I believe that Zoe and many citizens who live in America want to live to see America stand on the principles that ‘all men/women are created equally and should be afforded the same inalienable rights in order to obtain –though hard work– the American dream—education, good paying jobs, affordable housing, justice in our legal system, affordable healthcare, equality, and liberty in order to live in peace and harmony.
    I think also, that Zoe can be Nina and perform that role with merit; after all, who you are in life is what you choose to be. We all make mistakes, and casting a stone is not something that 100% of Americans can do as well as all people on planet Earth.

    Kind Regards,
    Mona

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  4. she doesn’t seem too bright.

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    • talaktochoba

      as one of the young misses i work with put it, “young, dumb and with a mouth full of white boy cum”; no, these young ladies i work with pull no punches–they’d stop an NFL linebacker in his tracks with one finger, drop him with two, and none of them have martial arts training or are even 18;

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  5. Playwitit

    Zoe is black, ya’ll. I know a lot of you don’t want to hear it and I really don’t care for her acting and all that but shes black. You do the community a disservice when you try to claim otherwise. I say this to the commenters, not the author.

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    • talaktochoba

      listen to what Zoe said, child, and you will know Zoe is merely coloured, not black–the classic case of self-degradation to the degree we fantasise about being something we’re not and can never be–just ask Diana Ross, Eldrick Woods and O.J. Simpson;

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