Aaliyah’s Family Releases Statement On Biopic
In an exclusive statement obtained by The Jasmine Brand, Jomo Hankerson, who is Aaliyah’s cousin and head of her record label Blackground Records had this to say on behalf of her family’s sentiments towards the recently-confirmed biopic:
“Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash. Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.”
Confirming earlier reports that the family feels a Lifetime television movie isn’t sufficient enough for the legacy that Aaliyah left behind, Hankerson also urged fans to demand “more respect” for cultural icons than small-screen television movies.
“Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay! Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah.
We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons. We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.”
Hmmmm. Do you think Aaliyah made a big enough of an impact on music and pop culture to warrant a big-screen biopic?