Beyonce Is Not Making A Saartjie Baartman Movie
Beyonce’s rumored plan to bring the story of Saartjie Baartman “The Hottentot Venus” to the big screen has already faced vicious criticism. Twitter blasted the diva’s ambition to write, produce, and star in a film about the life of the woman kidnapped from South Africa put on display in Europe because of her large hips and behind.
Well, it appears that everyone got their panties in a bunch over nothing. While multitudes of South Africans and historical purists were angrily @-ing her about the decision…Beyonce and her camp apparently had no idea what they were even talking about. Via Jezebel:
The Sun initially reported via “a Hollywood source” that Beyoncé would be writing and starring in the film. The proper response to that news is “Uh…”
That Beyoncé would write a screenplay should’ve tipped people off that this was false. It also seems unlikely that she’d be involved in such a potentially controversial project, but the assumption was that Bey was looking for a challenge and an Oscar.
Beyoncé’s rep released a statement to Billboard denying the story: “Beyoncé is in no way tied to this project. This is an important story that should be told, however.”
So is there even a movie in the works at all?? SMH.