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.