Why Y’all Do Aaliyah Like That???
Written by Danny P Ocean on November 17, 2014
Saturday night while I chilled at an art show at Alpha Bang, the r&b community was up in arms at the debacle of a movie presented by Lifetime. The movie as I am sure you know is the biopic on Aaliyah.
I knew the movie was coming out but I didn’t care to see the train wreck, because something deep down inside told me, it wasn’t going to be shit. I mean come on; it was premiering on Lifetime for Dame’s sake!! Nothing good of any substance is shown on Lifetime; just a bunch of movies that leave you feeling sorry for the lady who fell for dude who molested her mother. But that’s neither here nor there; the Aaliyah flick had no chance of success.
So while I rubbed shoulders with the art loving crowd while listening to some real hip hop by SpeakEasy and Dana Coppafeel, my Facebook feed was blowing up. I thought immediately as I glanced down, damn there are many upset people tonight. As meme after meme flooded my screen, I couldn’t help but wonder, is it really that bad? Did Wendy Williams and them drop the ball like that? And from the sounds of it Moguls, yes the hell they did.
As I scrolled trying to find out why so many people were mad, I read the casting and acting was horrible, the film contained no music from Aaliyah, and the movie focused too long on the Aaliyah and R. Kelly situation. Damn folks, a project with so much potential ended up being pissed away in the wind!
With a star like Aaliyah you either have to come correct or leave it on the shelf. There are too many people out here who have fresh memories of Aaliyah and loved what she represented for them to accept any half-baked movie. Think about icons such as Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, movies about them are just now coming out or being developed; and their musical peak was over 40 years ago. Aaliyah just left us it seems, so we know first-hand about the R. Kelly situation, we know Dame Dash ain’t 6’13”, and we know Missy wasn’t skinny, so it is hard for us to take it serious.
So I am not surprised that the Aaliyah film left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. I can only imagine how people such as Dame, Timbaland, and Missy feel about this failed after-school special Lifetime called a movie.
Today Timbaland spoke with Hot 97 to address the movie and shed light on why he felt it failed. And I agree with everything he said even though I didn’t watch the movie. Hopefully, this movie won’t derail any other potential project down the road.
At least we got some of the best meme’s of the year from this movie!!