The estate of Nina Simone has slapped down Zoe Saldana, the star of a controversial new biopic about the late soul icon, in an excoriating Twitter post.
The release on Thursday of a new trailer and poster for Nina has reignited debate over whether producers were right to cast Saldana, a US woman of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, given the actor required dark makeup and a prosthetic nose to resemble her subject. A number of Twitter users accused the Star Trek actor of performing in “blackface”, and now the carriers of Simone’s flame have weighed in to condemn Cynthia Mort’s film.
She is an actress. the technical description of what she is doing is acting.
That is, pretending to be someone else for the purpose of telling a story.
And amazingly, all actors and actresses wear make up to aid them in doing so.
In other words, fuck off you ghastly little tossers.