A lot of negative reactions....
The anticipated Lifetime Television Movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, which is based on the life of the late singer, broke Twitte spurring a slew of mixed reactions, including snarky memes and criticism from Timbaland and Missy Elliott, who are depicted in the film.
The film was co-produced by talk show host Wendy Williams and the songstress and actress is portrayed by Alexandra Shipp, who took to Instagram to respond to the backlash, which had been anticipated by many.
The singer, one of the most popular R&B stars in the United States at the time, died in 2001 at age 22 in a small plane crash in the Bahamas. Controversy began the moment plans for the movie was announced. The film was not authorized by Aaliyah's parents. One of the executive producers, Howard Braunstein, told reporters recently, "We absolutely reached out to them, and Lifetime did too. They chose not to cooperate with it," according to The Washington Post.
"When watching my film tonight, know that I am human," Shipp said. "Know that your words and your opinions are your own and that you may think you know, but until we speak face 2 face, you'll never truly know who I am. That's ok. I can't wait to meet each and every one of my fans one day. Because I'm a fan of them too! I work hard, I put all my effort into whatever I do. At the end of the day I'm just a normal girl who got the opportunity of a lifetime and wouldn't let that go for anything or anyone."
"Because that's what dreams are: they're YOURS," she said "I'm following mine. I encourage and support EVERYONE in doing that for themselves. Because God put this role in my lap, I believe that, and I wasn't going to throw a gift like that away. Y'all can hate, y'all can debate, but one thing the critics won't do is win. God bless and please watch my movie."
Aaliyah began her singing career as a teenager. Her 1994 debut album was titled Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. Over the next decade, she released hits such as "Back & Forth," "Try Again," "One in a Million" and "Miss You" and collaborations with fellow artists and producers Timbaland, Missy Elliot and R. Kelly, who are depicted in the movie. The latter star has not commented about the film.
Aaliyah and R. Kelly secretly wed when she was 15 and he was 28. The marriage was later annulled. The controversy is addressed in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. Her death is as well, at the end, and the crash is not shown.
Here is her 2000 hit, Try Again: