The Nina Simone biopic—Nina—has been beset with issues since it premiered at Cannes in May 2014. Namely, Simone's relatives have expressed misgivings that the African-American singer is being portrayed by Zoe Saldana, an actress born to a Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father.
Today (March 2), as the official trailer for Nina released, a verified account tweeting on behalf of Simone extended several vitriolic messages to Saldana:
.@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
@FilmFatale_NYC I wish I could pin this tweet and leave it at the top for years.— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
Hopefully people begin to understand this is painful. Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, nauseating, soul-crushing. It shall pass, but for now...— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
@AlyBarbieDoll So doing a "job" absolves one of personal responsibility? We should be pleasant/civil in the face of disgrace because why?— Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016
There's no word on who exactly sent the tweet, although the account in question is registered on behalf of Nina Simone's estate. Nina, written and directed by Cynthia Mort (Will & Grace, Roseanne), opens in theaters on April 22.