As the release date for the Winnie Mandela biopic approaches, the legendary South African activist still isn’t happy about it.
The film, “Winnie,” initially sparked controversy because an American (Jennifer Hudson), not an African actress was cast to play Mandela. The uproar continued when Winnie Mandela herself said she wasn’t consulted or even interviewed for the film.
“I was not consulted,” she told CNN in an interview. “I am still alive, and I think that it is a total disrespect to come to South Africa, make a movie about my struggle, and call that movie some translation of a romantic life of Winnie Mandela.”
Although Mandela is upset the filmmakers neglected to include her in the story of her own life, she doesn’t blame Hudson.
“I have absolutely nothing against Jennifer, but I have everything against the movie itself.”
Do you think it was disrespectful for the filmmakers to make “Winnie” without talking to Mandela herself? Will you see the film when it hits theaters next year?