Change.org has posted a petition requesting the removal of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone. They are saying that the part should be played by an actress who looks like the late great jazz singer. A photo was leaked to the public, last month, showing Saldana on set, with a prosthetic nose and her skin darkened by make-up. The black face days are clearly not over.
Simone’s daughter, Simone Kelly had strongly disagreed with the casting of Saldana, in the role. Simone says in The New York Times, “My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark. Appearance-wise this is not the best choice,” she said. Simone had chosen Whoopi Goldberg for the part. There are plenty of talented actresses of color, that are more than capable of doing Nina Simone’s legacy proud.
Joining Simone in her opposition is singer, India. Arie. Arie says, “YES they should have chosen someone who LOOKS like Nina Simone, ESPECIALLY since her RACE played such a PIVOTAL role in WHO, WHAT and WHY, she was,” “THAT ASIDE for a second, this just looks WEIRD, it looks like a person in Black(er) face with a fake nose … REALLY?!!!!” . Even Arie, would have been better suited to play Simone. Another person to consider, would have been Viola Davis. But Hollywood, as we know, is all about the mighty dollar.
Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.