Ever since Lifetime announced its plans to produce an Aaliyah biopic, there was resistance from fans. Lifetime even hired one of the biggest critics of the project, talk show host Wendy Williams, as executive producer, in hopes that she could better connect the movie to its audience.
Well, it finally aired last night, and the TV movie was one of the top trending topic on Twitter — for all the wrong reasons. Throughout the airing of “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” fans (and celebrities) took to social media to criticize the film. Here are the top 5 of their biggest complaints.
1. The casting
The only character that resembled any of the actually people that the film is based on was the star of the film Alexandra Shipp.
Fans created another hashtag during the film to describe how ridiculous some of the film’s casting was: #lifetimebelike.
2. The music
A major problem fans had with the film was that there was hardly any of Aaliyah’s music in the film. The problem may be that Lifetime couldn’t get it cleared through the record label. In the film, we heard Aaliyah cover Marvin Gaye and Vanessa Williams’ tunes, but fan wanted to hear the songs that made them fall in love with R&B singer.
3. The wardrobe
Dame wouldn't be caught dead in those clothes b.
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) November 16, 2014
4. The cheesy dialogue
5. The pronunciation of the star’s name:
Finally, if there’s one thing Lifetime should’ve gotten right was the pronunciation of her name.
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Adé Mangum is a TV, film, and hip-hop junkie. "When I do what I do, I do what I'm doing…but I'm doing it like I'm doing it for TV" - Ma$e