If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably already know about the Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone “controversy”. Plenty of people weren’t pleased when they found out she was the actress chosen to portray Simone on the big screen. Everyone had an opinion about the casting, and the majority of them being negative. Issues of Hollywood whitewashing the movie, colorism, and simply put, “Zoe isn’t dark enough or black enough” to play Simone were the sentiments expressed by many. But now months later, Saldana is speaking out about why she took on the challenge.
”What kept me from getting stressed and being hurt by the negative comments is that I’m doing it for my sisters and my brothers and I don’t care who tells me I’m not this or I’m not that. I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me.”
“I did it all for love. Out of love for Nina, my people and who I am and my pride of being a Black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman. That’s my truth.”
She did it for the love, y’all.
What do you think about Zoe’s response? Is it too little, too late?