Zoe Saldana shrugs off Nina Simone blackface criticism

Zoe Saldana isn’t surprised that people are criticizing her for her physical portrayal of Nina Simone in upcoming biopic “Nina.”

Simone’s estate and others have expressed outrage over the casting, preferring a dark-skinned actress instead of Saldana, who is Dominican and Puerto Rican.

Saldana has not responded to the controversy, but her pal says, “She loves the film and she’s too busy to focus on the negative with all of her other projects coming up.”

Saldana tweeted a photo of husband Marco Perego with, “Thank you for being my rock.”

Distributor RLJ Entertainment described Saldana’s performance as “an exceptional and mesmerizing tribute.”

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