When we heard that Zendaya has been cast as the lead in the Lifetime original movie, Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B, we were thrilled for the Disney Channel actress, who considers the late songstress one of her biggest inspirations. Some people weren't so pleased by the news though— specifically, Aaliyah fans who were upset that the deceased star's family hadn't given the project their blessing. They posted messages on Twitter, criticizing everything from Zendaya's looks to her dancing ability.
Luckily, Aaliyah's family decided to intervene, telling angry fans to calm down and show Z some respect.
Fans we hear your comments and concerns !! unfortunately we cannot confirm the family is behind the project at this time— Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) June 17, 2014
However ,we do ask that you are respectful to the artist playing the role, for they may not fully have or know the details about this role— Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) June 17, 2014
And her family's involvement #teamaaliyah— Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) June 17, 2014
Zendaya is ignoring the haters and staying positive, explaining on Twitter that all she wants to do is show how much Aaliyah accomplished in only 22 years.
"She's beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah," Z wrote. "I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven #babygirl #forever #OneInAMillion."
Do you think Zendaya will do an amazing job portraying her idol on screen? Do you feel bad she's having to deal with so much drama? Sound off in the comments!