No, there isnt 1 version of black woman BUT there is 1 version of Nina Simone & I can promise u she just flipped a table in the afterlife.— Amanda Seales (@amandaseales) March 3, 2016
Zoe herself TRIED IT. She coulda said no. Instead, she chose to look like the Avatar version of Nina Simone for pay.— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) March 2, 2016
People defending Zoe apparently never actually learned anything about Nina Simone. Her work was rooted in her loving her color & features.— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) March 2, 2016
Nina Simone being darkskin is not a small detail. It was a huge part of her art & identity. Not casting appropriately is an affront to that.— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) March 1, 2016
This is also further proof that there needs to be more diversity not just in front of the camera, but behind it. The team behind the film is predominately white and many people believe that having black people behind the scenes would have saved the film from making such a huge mistake.
bruh david oweloyo looks like nina simone more than zoe saldana— Deaux (@dstfelix) March 1, 2016
Zoe as Nina Simone is what happens when writer/director, casting director and 10/12 producers are white. Diversity behind the scenes matters— Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) March 3, 2016
White folks making a movie about Nina Simone: Eh, we’ll hire a ‘traditionally beautiful’ Latina & just put her in a nappy wig + blackface.— Cirque du SoBae (@brownandbella) March 2, 2016
I can’t imagine participating in a film representation of Nina Simone’s life where 95+ percent of the major production team is white.— Yasuri Yamileth (@KrissMissKross) March 3, 2016
It makes us wonder if they considered any other black actresses at all. The film is set to be released April 2.
I can’t imagine a director who would willingly say yes to a black actress darkening her skin to play Nina Simone, actually caring about Nina— X (@XLNB) March 1, 2016