Zendaya Reacts To Alexandra Shipp Playing Aaliyah in Lifetime Movie: 'I Hope She Doesn't Have To Deal With Half The Hate I Had To Deal With'
Zendaya just could not be more awesome. She probably could, but as of this very moment, she’s the coolest person in our books.
The 17-year-old actress shared some wisdom on Instagram about the Aaliyah movie, why she dropped out and more.
“Let me just explain something. The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or the people telling me I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation,” Zendaya said.
She continued. “And I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own, and I wrote a letter, but I was unable to do so therefore I felt not morally OK with moving forward with the project. With all that being said, congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah. I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the hate I had to deal with. And remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.”