First let me state, that I have no problem with Zoe Saldana as an actress. I neither like her or loathe her. I’ve only seen one film, Colombiana, and it was just “meh”. I wasn’t buying the “emaciated assassin avenges her family’s murder” plot. But recently, Saldana has been making the press rounds for her new Star Trek movie and seems to suffer from “foot in mouth” disease.
First there’s this comment about the Nina Simone movie:
“Let me tell you, if Elizabeth Taylor can be Cleopatra, I can be Nina — I’m sorry,” Saldana said, unapologetically, according to Allure. “It doesn’t matter how much backlash I will get for it. I will honor and respect my black community because that’s who I am.”
Being one person who really didn’t care if Saldana was portraying Simone, this analogy is just ridiculous. Believe me Zoe, if there was social media back in Elizabeth Taylor’s heyday the complaints would have been heard all over the world. Hell, my grandmother still complains after all of these years. But back then, there wasn’t tons of “ethnic” looking actresses running around Hollywood, like there are tons of talented black actresses today. Not that it made it right for them to cast Elizabeth Taylor as an Egyptian, but it’s Hollywood and supply was limited. But if I were to jump on the bandwagon of “there’s so many better people to play Nina Simone because of their looks”, then sorry, I’m not Team Zoe and can’t agree with her this time, even though I was one of the few people to support her quest in becoming Nina.
Then there’s her abuse of the word “androgyny” when she speaks about possibly being able to fall in love with a woman, marry one and raise a family.
In the magazine, Saldana, 34, describes herself as “androgynous.” She says she may “end up with a woman raising my children…that’s how androgynous I am!” When asked to clarify if she was open to the idea of raising a child with another woman as her partner? She said, “Yes, I was raised that open.”
Then she went on the Today Show, talking about androgyny again. Saying she could see herself living with and loving a woman.
That is not androgyny. That is called being bi-sexual, since you’ve also have had long term relationships with men, and say you still like men.
For the record, the meaning of androgyny is: