The negative publicity has gotten so prevalent that Robert L. Johnson, Founder and Chairman, RLJ Entertainment, Founder, Black Entertainment Television (BET), who's distributing the film, issued a response to it:
“Zoe Saldana delivers an exceptional and mesmerizing tribute to Nina Simone. She gave her heart and soul to the role and displayed her extraordinary talent. The most important thing is that creativity or quality of performance should never be judged on the basis of color, or ethnicity, or physical likeness. Quality entertainment should be measured by the sheer force of creativity and the commitment that an actor or actress brings to the performance. We are proud to distribute the film headlined by Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo on April 22, 2016.”
I'm just going to leave this one with y'all...but before I go, watch the trailer:
P.S. I'm slightly less concerned with her skin tone as I am with the fact that an actress whose acting style more closely relates to the essence of Simone (namely Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis) were not even considered for this role. But anyway, I digress.