Social media can be a very judgmental place sometimes; I mean everybody gets brave when they are sitting behind a laptop or iphone, and nothing is off limits! Whitney Houston’s biopic has been laden with controversy for awhile now. First Bobbi Christina felt a bit slighted for not being casted by director Angela Bassett to play her mom in the film.
Cici Houston spoke out against the film, and now one of our favorite naturalistas Yaya DaCosta is getting all kind of grief for playing the role of Whitney in the upcoming film. Yaya did what many of us need to do sometimes – she shut down social media, removing the negativity while she focuses on her role. Here is what she had to say:
“Although I’m a private person by nature, I reluctantly heeded the advice of seemingly knowledgeable socialistas who insist that these outlets- Instagram, Twitter etc.- are the new way. “Connect with your fans”, they say. So I swam out of my cozy cave a little, shared a little, held hands a little- only to have those hands of strangers squeeze and pull and punch.
They steal your photos, miss the message, and point to delusion. I’m simply an actor for hire- like Whitney would say, just a human being. Until the consumers we pour our hearts out to on stage or on a movie screen learn that “artist” is not a synonym for “punching back”, I’m going back in. Back to basics. Back to instincts. Protecting my family. Projecting only what the public can handle. When we meet in person, love, humanity, and shared light, are real. But as long as ugly, unhappy people sit their happy meal asses on fat couches and spit venom to make themselves feel better, I swim. Thanking God for my beautiful, beautiful family.”
She turned everything off on August 9th (which happens to be Whitney’s birthday), and we can’t say we blame her. Honestly social media has its perks, but I dare anyone who has enough gall to type something to actually say it to the person’s face. SMH.
Pattie Armstead says
Good! Zendaya was forced to give up her part playing Aliyah because she wasn’t black enough. So stupid!
Veronica Allen says
Ppl need to calm down and leave her alone.
Yoheliz Perea says
Ppl always have something negative to say smh
Wendy Nix says
Yeah, im ’bout thr too, but for different reasons. #back2basics
Shanice Sahel says
OMG don’t tell me it’s because she’s brazilian. Lol smh
Trolls will find any reason to complain. Its sad.
Mimi Harrison says
Smart lady! People on social networks would rather speak negative about others, when in fact I bet no one has seen those naysayers casting film/movie roles.
Meegan Cochran says
Negativity and Jealousy are ugly traits …Ppl plz stop it’s hard enough foe Black females in the industry already, give Yaya a chance she might just shock that shit out of y’all
First time i saw Yaya she played a HS misfit and I was shocked how good she was. I like her as an actress.
Sharon King Basara says
I think she is perfect to play Whitney.
Deneen Majette says
If you don’t agree with the producer or director’s choice (or whoever is casting) on this and other movies. Boycott the movie!. I think that has more power than ranting on social media to the actress. She wants to work just like anyone else. But if you really feel that black women are consistently overlooked for black roles then boycott the movie or movies. The makers of these or any movies want to make money.
Well said. 100% agree
Hixie Carr says
I thought she did a good job on that biopic. ignore the haters.