My 2 Cents on Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

For me, this blog about the choice to cast Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone is spot on. It is not a matter of how good/bad of an actress she is. It is the fact that Nina's "blackness" was inherently tied to her music. She said so herself on many occasions. She was a dark skinned woman who was NOT afforded any of the privilege that Ms. Saldana has undoubtedly experienced in her life.

Nina was at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement and sang songs like "Mississippi Goddamn" and "Backlash Blues" that helped define an era.

The maker of the movie claims it is more loosely based on Nina's life...it's not a bio-pic, blah, blah. Well you know what? You should've created a FICTIONAL character and not disgraced the High Priestess, Ms. Simone by using the parts of her life's story that are convenient for you and discarding arguably the most important one- her blackness!

How one can claim to "love and honour" Nina while in black face and a prosthetic nose, is truly beyond me. You know I don't rant like this often, but it had to be said! I am not looking for a debate- just expressing my honest opinion. So please don't write about how politically incorrect I'm being or how this is "reverse- racism" to Zoe,as it's is not about Zoe, it is about Nina. Please. Don't. Go. There. 

To read the blog that inspired my rant click:
http://www.ninasimone.com/2013/02/zoe-kind-of-somewhat-not-really-responds/



2 comments

  • Jeff
    Jeff USA
    Well, Zoe Saldana deserves the role. I know that it will be a long debate if we are going to push through with it having this as a debate, but other actresses might be good, but the character perfectly fits Zoe. Her. being a fierce actress has put her on that stature! Even my friends from https://ukbestessay.org/coursework believe that she really deserves to be part of it!

    Well, Zoe Saldana deserves the role. I know that it will be a long debate if we are going to push through with it having this as a debate, but other actresses might be good, but the character perfectly fits Zoe. Her. being a fierce actress has put her on that stature! Even my friends from https://ukbestessay.org/coursework believe that she really deserves to be part of it!

  • Joni NehRita
    Joni NehRita
    Hi Jeff. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion. I don’t think I am trying to say she didn’t deserve it- she’s a capable actress & I’m sure she’s worked hard to get where she has in her career. But even she concedes now that insisting on playing that role may not have been the best way to honour Nina. Again, as I said in my post (which was originally posted on Facebook)- it’s not about Zoe. It’s about Nina. I actually have enjoyed Zoe in the movies I’ve seen her in.

    Hi Jeff. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion. I don’t think I am trying to say she didn’t deserve it- she’s a capable actress & I’m sure she’s worked hard to get where she has in her career. But even she concedes now that insisting on playing that role may not have been the best way to honour Nina. Again, as I said in my post (which was originally posted on Facebook)- it’s not about Zoe. It’s about Nina. I actually have enjoyed Zoe in the movies I’ve seen her in.

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