Zendaya Says She Was Not “Morally OK” Doing Aaliyah Movie, Fires Back At Haters

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By Daniel Gates


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Zendaya sets the record straight about why she left the Aaliyah biopic in a new series of Instagram videos taking aim at her haters and offering support to her replacement Alexandra Shipp.

In the clips posted on Friday, the actress explains, “The reason I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me I couldn’t do it… [that] I wasn’t talented enough or black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

She says the main reason for exiting the project was that “production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.”

Zendaya says she did not feel “morally OK” moving forward with the movie.

“With all that being said, congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah,” continues the star. “I only hope that she doesn’t have to deal with half the hate I’ve had to deal with.”

See what Zendaya had to say in the videos below, and tell us what you think.


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