Actress Zoe Saldana has received major backlash for her portrayal of singer/activist Nina Simone since the trailer was released on Mar. 1. Her estate spoke out this week on Twitter, now her brother is speaking out publicly to TMZ.
Nina’s brother, Sam Waymon, told TMZ Nina would “blanch” at the studio’s choice of Zoe Saldana Sam said dressing a light-skinned actress in blackface and a prosthetic nose is insulting, and “raping Nina’s legacy.”
He went on to say there are plenty of qualified dark-skinned actresses who could have pulled off played the role of his sister, like Viola Davis or India Arie.