And you all can read this: Aaliyah Movie Casting: Alexandra Shipp On ‘Ridiculous’ Backlash Of Film, ‘I Deleted Twitter & Instagram’
So I finally got a chance to watch the Aaliyah movie that came up on LifeTime. I didn’t watch it the first time it premiered, or cared to for that matter because I really didn’t feel like this movie was a positive thing. How is it that I can sit behind a computer screen (laptop and in my bed) and say that this movie wasn’t a positive thing? I am referring to the lack of respect that was given to the Haughton family requesting that the movie not be made. I could go on and on about how big on an Aaliyah fan that I am but I would be doing nothing but sound cliche and I don’t want to do that. I have, I guess you can say since Beyonce and Rihanna both started to take off, have noticed a bit of popcorn fans of Aaliyah coming up. I don’t believe you have the right to tell someone who they can and cannot be a fan of and I see so many people out here doing that. It’s like these STANS have a way of thinking they can force you into liking or not liking a celebrity and that it just nonsense. I can remember being pretty young whenever Aaliyah passed away, really I was 11 years old but I still was very much attached to her, her style, her personality…her everything.
I can remember too whenever Beyonce’s career started to take off around the year of 2006 with her album “B’Day” but I also remember being Internet saavy and searching things like Aaliyah’s death and how, somehow, the new success of Beyonce was linked to Aaliyah being dead and the Illuminati so of course me being very young and impressionable I am going to be like I am not a fan of Beyonce. Rihanna was coming up and along too and it to me did seem weird how they both were just making moves and becoming famous so fast. After a while though, I let all that Illuminati stuff go and I just came to terms with Aaliyah’s passing and yes I had to do that. Even though I wasn’t someone close like a relative to Aaliyah I still believe that she inspired me so much as a child and she was something new and cool to me, I loved that about Aaliyah. So bringing that love to this day and thinking that the movie was going to at least prove me wrong from not wanting to see it in the first place, it didn’t.
Let’s be real for a minute, I can’t give someone else acting advice if I’ve never been on stage before in my life. Okay, I have been on stage before and performed but not to the degree that makes me an actress so yeah. So therefore I can’t say that Alexandra Shipp’s acting was fresh out the toilet. I saw her in Drumline 2 two weeks before this and I just couldn’t connect with her character and that was the same for the Aaliyah movie. If anything, what is happening to Alexandra Shipp with all of the backlash from this movie could have happened to Zendaya (and did. I honestly felt bad that Zendaya pulled out of the project because of basically Internet bullying (but then tried to lie and say it was out of respect for the Haughton family, me with all these parenthesis sorry) but then I didn’t feel any compassion for her because she was through a lot of shade via Twitter whenever she saw the backlash to Alexandra Shipp for the movie) and to Keshia Chante. If anything, they all saw dollar signs instead of a good opportunity to really work hard in a role. When you are a good actor/actress it doesn’t matter how old you are to Hollywood or how new you are to Hollywood, because when you have the ability to make the audience disappear into your character then you’ve got it.
If anything, baby it was that script. That script. Who wrote that; the world may never know. The movie looked like, and felt like, it was a bunch of blog posts and newspaper articles pieced together with some Elmer’s glue with no background information or citations and sprinkled with what they THOUGHT they knew and RUSHED. I have no issues with the main character being bi-racial, light skin or whatever because those who aren’t black don’t understand that issue with it but it is neither here or there. Alexandra Shipp could have pulled it off if the movie was written a whole bunch better and had the Haughton family’s blessing. And what about Ginuwine?…not even mentioned. The smash hit “One in a million“? There was a phone conversation that happened between Aaliyah and Timbaland while she was away shooting the video for, “Rock the Boat” in the Bahamas. Timbaland said on a BET special for Aaliyah on the 10th anniversary of her being deceased that the phone conversation ended up in an argument and that was the last thing he said to Babygirl. I thought I was going to see something from that but nope. The movie made it seem like Timbaland and Missy Elliot WEREN’T doing anything prior to Aaliyah and that was a low blow, I thought. The movie made them seem way more distant from Aaliyah and that they had more of a corny image than I would have imaged. Aaliyah in the movie seemed to have a bit of a sassier attitude than I would have imaged but I guess everyone…never mind.
I can’t expect them to be able to fit 22 years of Aaliyah’s life into a 1-hour movie…wait yes I think I can do that. Sorry LifeTime and to Wendy Williams but it’s been done before so I can expect that. The movie focused on the relationships between Aaliyah and R.Kelly and Aaliyah and Dame Dash a lot more than I would have liked it to. I thought LifeTime was going to spill the tea about how sneaky and mischievous ways of Barry Hankerson but I guess it was none of our business what really happened huh. Basically, the movie was of things that I already knew so I guess that it why I wasn’t hooked. I do have to give a thumbs up to Alexandra Shipp because she is having to deal with all the negativity but that’s how it goes. If anything my heart goes out to Mrs. Diane and Rashad for having to deal with being disrespected like that. Oh and shout out to Youtube for having it posted so I could watch it, thanks a bunches.