This is just stupid and must be written about, right now.
That was the first thing that I thought and then said to myself out loud after reading the response from Wendy Williams on the much hated Aaliyah biopic. The reason, I will mention in a moment. First, I need to say something else:
I didn’t watch it. You may think that nulls my opinion but it doesn’t because I’m not offering an opinion on the movie. As far as I’m concerned, Aaliyah was a world class vocalist who would sing her ass off. Making a movie about her that captures how great of an artist she was is something I would think would be difficult to do.
That being said, let’s get into the point of this.
People have been hammering this film all damn day. Apparently it was so bad that even the local news stations have been covering the distaste for the film. Based on what I’ve read about it, I can understand why.
Wendy Williams, the TV show host who executive produced the movie, responded to the backlash. This is what she had to say:
I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend! Errbody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched. It was the second-highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far.
This, is an idiot ass response. It doesn’t matter how highly rated it was because that only means a ton of people watch it. A ton of very pissed off people. And of course everybody has an opinion, stating this fact is just stupid. You run a talk show for fucks sake, your show is all about opinion.
A response like this means that it doesn’t matter if you liked the movie or not, just that you watched it. A similar mindset goes on with actors and music artists. People think that it doesn’t matter if they make shitty movies or music, as long as they are making tons of money. The Iggy debacle comes to mind.
Derail to Iggy
Rah Digga, the phenomenal emcee who can be found destroying beats with Flipmode Squad and sharing the screen with Shannon Elizabeth and Monk, recently spoke out about the current sensation known as Iggy Azalea. Her point was completely ignored by the people who care more about money than quality. Iggy herself jumped into it and started out sounding one way but turned into the same dumb ass that these other people have.
@Listen2Kevin end of the day i have a massive publishing deal based on the fact i write and collect checks which everyone seems to ignore.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) September 24, 2014
Who gives a fuck if you make money? That is not the point, and has not ever been the point. The fact you have a record deal and make money is meaningless to the debate of legitimacy. Is Iggy a hip hop artist? By today’s standards, yes. She’s part of that watered down garbage ass crap that has been mass marketed as hip hop. Is she good at what she does? If you mean selling tons of records, no. Her marketing company does that. If you mean making music, that’s up to you to decide. I can’t stand listening to that fake ass annoying ghetto voice she uses.
But anyway, fuck her let’s get back to the original topic.
The Aaliyah movie was crap, and the producers don’t care
Apparently the Lifetime movie about Aaliyah was complete crap. The producer thinks it’s OK because at least you watched it. By that logic, it’s OK if they make a movie about Martin Luther King, Jr and change the story to have him fighting alien sea monkeys from Neptune. You’ll watch it and hate it (actually that might be awesome), but at least you watched it.
In the end, it doesn’t matter if you got the movie right. It doesn’t matter if the fans of the person won’t like it. It doesn’t matter if what you’re doing is like a monkey throwing his shit into the face of a legacy. At least people watched it.
So in conclusion, the moral of the story is: don’t watch Lifetime if you want to see a movie that doesn’t suck.
Oh, and here is a link to the tweets and the original video with Rah Digga explaining what so many are too stupid to understand. http://www.eonline.com/news/582951/iggy-azalea-responds-to-female-rapper-rah-digga-s-diss-about-not-being-real-hip-hop