10.28.2012

*sigh*

I know we've talked about this before at length.  But it's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So in that case, feel free to share your "essays" on the following:


"Why yes. I am in blackface."



*cue fountain of chunky vomit*

Apparently, Zoe told EBONY:  "We have a Black president right now, so why the f--- would I sit down and talk about how hard it is for Black women in Hollywood when there's a Black president in my country?"  She sounds like she's on the defensive, imho.  

A commenter on FB, in response to this, said, "When we go ahead and do the WRONG thing and we KNOW it, we usually react in anger when somebody tries to point it out to us.  Zoe may have put herself in the position of a pawn.  As a black actress, that may come back to bite her in the butt.  Getting it from both sides, angry black women who are sick of Hollywood BS, and a Hollywood that's more than willing to knock a black actress' pedestal out from under her."

Co and sign.  Zoe really should have said no to this travesty.  She really should have.  But clearly, she's not thinking about the ramifications of this idiotic choice.  And I know deep down, she's already regretting it. She may not admit to it, but I believe she is.  Her career is going to suffer as a result.

38 comments:

  1. Oh how the almost-became-mighty have fallen.

    *shakes head* Zoe, Zoe, Zoe. Oh, Zoe, Zoe, Zoe.

    I'll be honest; I read this, I looked at the pictures, and I laughed aloud.

    Oh, Zoe, Zoe, Zoe, Zoe.

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    1. I think Aja Naomi King should replace Zoe in the next Star Trek film.

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    2. Has filming begun on ST2?

      I am seriously wondering the ripple effects this move will have on her career. When she's no longer a bankable star (if she ever was).

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    3. Filming of STAR TREK II has ended.

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  2. Hell, I just realized she's wearing a prosthetic nose. The fail is now at F---.


    Maybe she's thinking Oscar a la Nicole Kidman in "The Hours."

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    1. I saw someone use Nicole Kidman's role to justify all this with Zoe. Another person invited them to have a seat.

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  3. Who the hell do they think is going to see this? Most black people will be too nauseous to see it because of the black face and you know white people don't care about movies with black female leads. This is a financial and artistic fail waiting to happen.

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    1. Of course its going to fail that is what they want! Then they can say that when they make movies about blacks; WE don't support them. So they can say we can't be mad when these movies aren't made. To them POC should just shut up and be glad we were even noticed in the first place!

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  4. Zoe is making a fool of herself but I guess she doesn't care as long as she remains the first choice among white male Hollywood execs.

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  5. I just want to throw a bucket of soapy water at her.

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  6. Here's what appals me: if this were 15 to 20 years ago, they'd be casting Halle Berry. >_< I guess they think that whatever worked for Diana Ross in 'Lady Sings the Blues' will strike twice here.

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    1. And WHY did they have to throw in a non-existent romance in this story (like hell this is a bio-pic!)? What, Nina Simone's life as it was didn't have enough interest and depth? I find that hard to believe.

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    2. They put it in because NO woman can make it through life without a man. I bet if they did a movie about Mother Teresa it will have a romance in it!

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    3. What makes the romance even more bogus is that they're basing the male character off of an openly homosexual man. So not only are you screwing with Nina's life you're also screw with his reality as well.

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    4. *eye roll* Erasing gay people/POC + Hollywood's obsession with adding romance/sex into everything. What a grand tradition.

      And oh yes, a Mother Teresa movie would add a male parishioner/priest/monk who almost lured her into sin. You know, for 'universal appeal and interest'.

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  7. Oooh...I'm so not watching this movie.

    I didn't think that Zoe was that selfish.. but money talks and fools walk. Nobody has ever denied that she is an Oscar worthy actress or that she's not an attractive actress,but there are some roles that should be as true to Nina. She looks nothing like her. They could have gotten any African/African-American/afro Latina etc....to play this role. I found it more incredibly stupid that they had to make her up.....still bearing no resemblance to the singer whatsoever.

    I know that her daughter is really pissed as she didn't want Zoe to play her mom.She may not look like her mom,but if they were going to get her to play Nina's role,they may as well as well gave her daughter to play it. This movie is just bogus all the way.If there is a such as the dead turning around in their graves,Nina is probably will be doing it after knowing about this hunk of junk that is being made about her legacy.

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    1. I was wondering when you guys were going to talk about this. *Le sigh* I wasn't going to see this film in the first place...But Zoe really should have said no, especially since Nina's estate was not backing this film.

      This film will go straight to DVD and that's if they get a distributor for the film to be shown in the theaters.

      It's like the black actors who did the Romney ad about immigrants taking jobs away from blacks. Did you really need the job that bad?

      Even if they gave Zoe the role of playing Celia Cruz I would still give her the side eye.

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    2. Or the Black actors who did this. Remember them?

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    3. In comparison to Zoe, Celilia would have fit that role more more than her.

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  8. Zoe, what are you doing?!


    also,some sad news
    http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/hip-hop-media-training/blaque-member-natina-reed-killed-being-hit-car-020049344.html

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  9. Wow, that's sad. Wasn't she also the late Lisa Lopes's cousin?

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  10. Smh. She knows she's wrong for taking this role, so that's why she's being defensive. I was hoping she'd turn it down, but I knew the call of almighty dollar would be too strong. This is another film that's not getting my hard-earned 13 dollars.

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    1. $13 USD? That's how much a ticket costs over there now? Sweet Lawd! No wonder my internet peeps are extra picky about what movies they see!

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  11. I had heard rumors and I was like please please please say it aint SO.

    I just

    CANT

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  12. SMH

    did you see the open letter to Zoe Saldana on For Harriet?

    http://www.forharriet.com/2012/10/an-open-letter-to-zoe-saldana-on.html

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  13. i think it's all a trap. they do it all the time. They find a pretty black actress, preferably light with "white" features, let them gain a following(after all; more money for them), and then orchestrate shit like this before they can become [i]too[/i] successful.

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  14. I'm not mad at Zoe, Zoe is under the same gun we all are, not all of us handle it well. I might have seen this movie but I definitely won't now not with all this make up and other bs.

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    1. She should've known better. Before, I supported her career quite faithfully but her taste in roles really concerns me.

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    2. You know I've supported her too and while I'm not mad this is a disappointing.One thing I've been questioning lately is whether or not we should ever support any actors. We don't know anything about them. Support the roles and the characters you can know them and see what they stand for. Actors, you don't know shit about them.

      Who knows what the rest of them are doing?

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  15. Zoe is off my list. I can't. I would have trumped it up to her being misguided. But when she retweeted a tweet that called the outrage she was receiving reverse racism I dropped her. I just refuse to support that.

    I feel like they are making a mockery of Nina's features. I don't like this one bit.

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    1. I feel like they are making a mockery of Nina's features.

      THIS.

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    2. ......I think they gave her dentures, too. O_O >_<

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    3. Very much this. In that second picture, it's as if Zoe is deliberately contorting her face in an effort to make herself unattractive, and this is insulting and unacceptable.

      Does anyone know if Mort & Co have the rights to use Nina's music? Jeez, I hope not.

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  16. There was also another open letter from Aaron Overfield- http://www.ninasimone.com/2012/10/an-open-letter-to-anyone-who-cares-about-nina-simone/

    He goes on to state that, though the film’s production can’t be stopped, its more problematic notions should continue to be highlighted. Among those is the “straightfacing” of an out gay male, Clifton Henderson, who has been previously reported to be written as Nina’s love interest in Mort’s script:

    It is also the first instance of Cynthia’s script exploiting a marginalized identity by essentially putting “straightface” on an out gay man. This is rather curious since Mort herself is a lesbian and you’d wonder how she’d feel being rewritten as a heterosexual woman under the guise of someone else’s “artistic license.” Would Cynthia Mort be pleased with someone rewriting her own history to the point where her sexuality becomes a trivialized inconvenience? I guess someone would have to ask her that. I won’t bother.

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    1. Yes, I thought the same thing the second I learned that she herself was gay. I guess the right number of digits on a cheque is enough to certain people go against their own grain.

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