People Still Hate Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

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While it makes its Cannes debut, Nina is receiving backlash on twitter for its casting choices, while the director just filed a lawsuit against the film's producers.

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After the above photo was released yesterday, in which Zoe Saldana's skin was darkened and her nose changes with a prosthesis, people took to twitter to air their grievances, pointing out that there are other actresses who resemble Simone who could've played her, and that casting her was a form of black face:

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There's also a #BlackBiopics hashtag, in which users suggest unsuitable casting for iconic roles, such as "Coretta Scott King as played by Willow Smith."

In addition, director Cynthia Mort has filed a lawsuit against Nina's production company for excluding her for breach of director's agreement:

"She worked tirelessly to prepare the Film for a wide and successful commercial release," says the lawsuit. "Yet, throughout the course of the Film's production and post-production, Defendants consistently acted to frustrate Mort's involvement in the Film, thereby breaching the Director Agreement. These breaches by the Defendants include, but are not limited to: taking complete control of editing the Film in June 2013 and failing to consult with Mort about subsequent cuts and changes; abandoning Mort's previous cuts of the Film; failing to disclose the Film's financials, finishing budget, and financing deals; and failing to keep Mort informed of other crucial creative and budgetary developments and decisions throughout production and post-production of the Film."

I don't know which film is more embattled: Nina or Grace of Monaco.

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globalbeet
Global Beet

Wait one minute. Originally I was indifferent to their decision to cast Zoe Saldana, but after reading the comments I found out they are putting her in makeup to make her appear to be darker, and Nywoman said they are also using a prosthetic nose!!!!

If this is true, it changes everything. If any of this is true, Saldana can go fuck right off. No self respecting black actress would allow someone to put blackface on them, with a prosthetic nose.

NOw i regret watching that Rosemary's Baby remake.