Beyonce In Twitter Backlash After Saartjie Baartman Movie Plans Leaked
Beyonce’s plan to bring the story of Saartjie Baartman to the big screen is already being met with criticism.
Some South Africans have taken to Twitter to blast the “Drunk In Love” singer’s apparent ambitions to write and star in a film about the life of Baartman, who was kidnapped from South Africa during Colonial times and put on display in Europe as a freak show attraction because of her large hips and behind.
“@Beyonce you have no right to be playing Saartjie Baartman you know nothing about Africa, or South Africa!” Indigo Asaseyaa tweeted earlier today.
“Can someone say appropriation please?” user African Eskimo wrote on Twitter.
Baartman, who was billed as “Hottentot Venus,” later sued her handlers for being forced to perform against her will, but lost. She died in poverty at just 25-years-old. Baartman’s body was dissected and displayed in a Paris museum for 50 years, but was eventually repatriated to South Africa for a proper burial.
Beyonce has previously acted in big budget films like “Cadillac Records” and “Austin Powers” and reportedly believes her Baartman film would force her critics to take her acting seriously and give her a shot at an Academy Award. But fans aren’t buying it, and some are claiming Bey is ignorant of Baartman and won’t do justice to such a sensitive story.
“The only reason Beyonce wants to play Sara Baartman is just for publicity and not about the story of the woman,” Unathi Kwaza tweeted. “Not surprised.”
Another user, Khoisan Drummer agreed: “She don’t even know what Hottentot is B…nah.”
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