Timbaland, Fans Slam Lifetime for Aaliyah Biopic


From the moment news was released that Lifetime would be making a TV biopic for the late R&B singer Aaliyah, the family, close friends and fans of the fallen star were not happy with the network’s announcement. Since the film aired Saturday night (Nov. 15), the Internet has been abuzz with criticism for the TV movie, including criticism by Timbaland, who worked extensively with Aaliyah and is portrayed in the film.

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B follows the rise and unfortunate fall of Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash in 2001. The film, which is executive produced by talk show host Wendy Williams, stars Alexandra Shipp as the late singer.

Famed music producer, Timbaland, took to social media to express his disapproval of Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. He began his rant with posted video commentary and numerous memes, such as “Lifetime Disrespects Aaliyah” and “I think everyone musician portrayed in this Aaliyah movie should sue the hell out Lifetime movie for failure of accurate casting.” He even called out Wendy Williams, with a meme that read, “Wendy Williams, you know you f—ed up, right?”

Expectations for the film were low before the film even premiered because Aaliyah’s estate was very vocal about their disapproval of the film and prevented Lifetime from acquiring the rights to Aaliyah’s music – so none of the late singer’s songs are included in the movie

Despite the low expectations, viewers tuned in for the premiere to give their relentless comments about the lackluster production. Lifetime was also called out by fans after the network posted tweets that seemed to romanticize Aaliyah and R. Kelly’s inappropriate relationship.

The Lifetime tweet asked the question, “Is Aaliyah too young to know?” An angry viewer responded with, “WHY ARE YOU ROMANTICIZING PEDOPHILIA?! RT@lifetimetv: Is Aaliyah too young to know? #AaliyahMovie.”

As for Williams, many  fans wondered if she would respond to the backlash caused by the film. Well, she responded on her talk show today this morning and here’s 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.”

Did you tune in? What did you think of the film and Wendy Williams’ response? Let us know in the comments!    

Take a look at some of Timbaland’s rant below!

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