Did You Miss It?: Aaliyah Fans Ignite Petition To Halt Lifetime Biopic / Zendaya Coleman Responds

Published: Wednesday 18th Jun 2014 by Rashad

Can’t say we didn’t see it coming!

For, after confirming she won the role of R&B sweetheart Aaliyah in a forthcoming Lifetime (not VH1) biopic, Zendaya Coleman found herself on the defense from fans of the late songstress who disapprove of her casting and the movie altogether.

Not only did naysayers set Twitter alight with their objections yesterday and today, but now an online petition has surfaced to put a halt to Haughton’s forthcoming biopic.  The story gained so much traction on social media that it prompted a response from the 17-year-old former Disney darling herself.

See all the hoopla below:

Hot like fire would be an accurate depiction of Aaliyah’s fans and their feelings toward the progression of this movie….

Petition reads:

This petition is to stop the making of this Aaliyah biopic. It’s wrong that Aaliyah’s mother or brother didn’t have a say so in this movie that is being made. The fans didn’t get a say so and neither did any of Aaliyah’s friends. As her fans, we’re going to do anything in our power to stop this movie. Little do we know, this is hurting Mrs. Haughton and Rashad. They’re about to make something that didn’t even get approved from her family. That is beyond disrespectful. If you agree that this movie shouldn’t be made, you need to vote. If you really respect Aaliyah, you have to respect her mother and her brothers wishes. It’s only right. It was Aaliyah’s life. And they’re taking it too far now. We need to put a stop to this!

To which Zendaya replied:

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Twinkie Byrd, the film’s casting director, also reportedly came to the aid of Coleman when she shared:

Zendaya embodies everything you want in a Actress to play Aaliyah. She is a Poised, Professional, STRONG Actress (studied at California Shakespeare Theater and American Conservatory Theater). A Triple Threat Actor, Singer Dancer. She LOVES AALIYAH and will do a Wonderful Job! She is of mixed ethnicity. Her name is Bantu (Zimbabwe) meaning “To Give Thanks”.

While fans have assumed that the ‘One In A Million’ songbird’s family has not lent their approval of the film, no official word has been delivered (as of time reporting).


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  1. iXtina June 18, 2014

    YES!!!!! And where do I sign!?!?!

    • iXtina June 18, 2014

      Also where can I find some rotten apple cores, moldy corn cobs, putrid orange peels and oats. ??? OINKtina is hungry and ready for her bucket-o-slop!!!

      • iXtina June 18, 2014

        Seriously person grow up!

      • iXtina June 18, 2014

        Yeah grow up!!! Grow up and grow me some fresh vegetables we can rot to perfection for my next meal. OINKtina is hungry!

  2. iXtina June 18, 2014

    This and the Whitney movie needs to STOP!!! It is very much rude and disrespectful to make a movie without her family and friends consent! Her uncle is just a nasty motherf..ker!!! No respect at all for Aaliyah and her mother and brother. Just do an E! True Hollywood story again and call it a day. Aaliyah’s mother and family may never be ready and that’s something people need to accept! Let Aaliyah rest in peace! Let Michael rest in peace! Let Whitney rest in peace! Damn just let them be!

    • iXtina June 18, 2014

      If they can’t respect Aaliyah and create an amazingly crafted accurate depiction, like they did for my movie, then they need to stop. It’s very disrespectful. I mean just look at how thorough/ life like they made my biopic. I expect nothing less!


      • IXTINA June 18, 2014

        Whoever you are, you are a sad and pathetic person.
        I am a smart intelligent person and I do not have time for your slow games.
        Have a nice day.

      • IXTINA June 18, 2014

        Oh and one more thing you pathetic troll. If you have any rotten food please, please, please donate it to the OINKtina cares foundation. We collect rotten food waste from all around the country and donate it to OINKtina’s personal pantry for her to indulge at her leisure!

  3. Mark111 June 18, 2014

    Sorry, but if the family is not down, then I, an Aaliyah fan is not either. And I thought VH1 was doing it, Lifetime? No, No NO!!!! Let her rest, her music and influence obviously lives on.

    • iXtina June 18, 2014

      EXACTLY!!! they need to get whoever did Xtina’s biopic and guaranteed the Haughton family will be on board! I mean look how spot on Xtina’s was. It’s only fair to Aaliyah- do it right or don’t do it!


    • Beygency June 18, 2014

      Apparently there are some bug infestations going on.

      • Beygency June 18, 2014

        Which is frustrating/scary because we just got Blu Ivy’s dread balls de-liced and now here are more bugs. Do you have any idea how long it took to de-bug half a head if dread locks and the other half matted lint balls.? Houston we have a problem!

      • Beygency June 18, 2014


  4. IXTINA June 18, 2014

    It is sad yet predictable that some obviously bored obsessed “Stain” is stalking the blog trying to discredit a persons comment by using their own pseudonym against them. Who ever this troll is I implore them to seek reason and grow the hell up. At least be man enough to use your damn pseudonym!

    • IXTINA June 18, 2014

      Oh and when you’re done using your pseudonym- EAT IT.!!! No use letting it go to waste, they taste DELICIOUS like a rotten barrel of week old banana peels.. Yum, yum, yum!

      • IXTINA June 18, 2014

        Person you don’t know me from Adam and Eve, so I wish you would stop. Whoever you got issues with you need to consult them. I came here to show my love for Aaliyah. Nothing more and nothing less. Yes I love Christina, however, I find no satisfaction in trying insult other artist. I am a lover of music and that is how I founded this site a few weeks ago. If you must need to know I enjoy music from Mariah, Slayer, Faith Hill, Metallica, Kenny Chesney, Ciara, Garth Brooks,Patti, Britney, Kandi, Linkin Park etc etc etcetera. I am not here for these damn stain wars so leave me and mine the hell alone!

      • IXTINA June 18, 2014

        Gosh writing that long paragraph has me hungry again. It’s late though so I will keep my snack light. Only 1/2 a barrel of slip before bed. ZzZzZz

      • IXTINA June 18, 2014


    • sleazy June 18, 2014

      TBH being a troll is sad Just think about it what life does these people having pretending to be someone else changing their names and insulting people! Do you realize how sad that sounds? You can’t claim to have a life and be a troll bye!

      • Stephon June 18, 2014

        @sleazy exactly. They come on here and ruin our honest, loving community! With that being said here’s a question. You top? I’m a raw bottom and looking for tops for long sessions. Let me know if you’re interested and I will give you my contact info. Love you Babes

      • IXTINA June 18, 2014

        Who were you referring to? Cause I have life. I’m currently work 3rd shift and am on my lunch break so yeah clarify that comment please.

      • sleazy June 18, 2014

        TBH Stephon I’m a bottom too I have never topped and I don’t plan on it. I do however have a gigantic double sided di.ldo that we can share together. Ima be real here and let you know how I really get down.

      • sleazy June 18, 2014

        @IXTINA I’m referring to the most hungry person posting on this thread! You seem like you need feeding TBH!

    • IXTINA June 18, 2014

      I said I was on my lunch break which will be over after this post. Further more I came on this site and got attacked by some stain using my screen name so whatever.
      I’m already over this site.

      • sleazy June 18, 2014

        TBH girl you seem upset? Your break is over now go back to the drive through regulate station now. I know you work hard at McDonald’s but don’t take your frustrations of your drive through customers out on me. Ima be real just spit in their food. Duh!

      • IXTINA June 18, 2014

        Is all that negativity necessary? What’s wrong with world? So quick to be condescending is disgusting. I could be nasty back, but I’m not. And as an RN in Ambulatory Care I do not eat McDonald.

      • sleazy June 18, 2014

        @IXTINA TBH nobody said you eat at McDonald’s. You said yourself above that you are apple cores and all other kinds of crazy rotten food. Why are you taking fast food frustrations out on TGJ? Have you not eaten recently or something?

      • iXtina June 18, 2014

        I never said anything about eating chow, the bored obsessed blog stain that keeps using my pseudonym said such nonsense. If allotted the time scroll up and read the post with my pseudonym and you will see what I’m referring to.

  5. sleazy June 18, 2014

    Ima be real here! Aaliyah is dead now what 14 years after that tragic accident RIP and her family aren’t ready There are some serious issues then they should definitely go see someone! You never get over someone death but you cope with it! Aaliyah fans complain about a move they complain bout EVERY artist aren’t you just happy your fav is finally getting a movie? Why are yall old asses on The web fighting go look after your kids!!! Stop being difficult One thing Aaliyah loved her fans and to see how they behaving like animals is messy!!!!!!! Don’t you want her life to be celebrated? Is Aaliyah family scared that her not so innocent ways are going to come out? Who cares we all have bad sides we can’t be perfect get over its a DAMN movie not removing her corpse or something

    • Mark111 June 18, 2014

      I hate when people think they’re being “real”, when it fact the things that comes out their mouths are stupid. Yea you’re real, real rude and stupid.

      What’s REAL is your bad grammar.

      • sleazy June 18, 2014

        The kettle is calling the pot black! Fa.g just go listen to rihanna screaming over a mic or look at her naked pics cus I don’t got time for TGJ teachers this is NOT school when are you going to realize we not writing a english paper? Just go sit somewhere and go stan for that terrible creature who humps everything insight

  6. ashgino@gmail.com June 18, 2014

    aaliyah’s story deserves to be told, her legacy is bigger than her family and the fans that started this petition, and Aaliyah had millions of fans, which is far more sided than the fans that put this petition out there, AND AS A FAN MYSELF, i think it should be told!

  7. Austin Dumas June 18, 2014

    I miss baby girl, she was more than s woman and one in a million, not like the other flop woman’s army.

    • FutureCIARA June 18, 2014



      Dollar General Man



  8. There once was a pimp and his h**…. June 18, 2014

    I can’t even blame them for this. “Hot like fire” still slays my life though.

  9. KESHIA CHANTE STAN June 18, 2014

    If Zendaya goes through with this movie, it might just hurt her already rising career. You cannot do a movie about someone’s daughter when they haven’t given it any sort of approval.

    I guess the reason why Keshia Chante didn’t get the role was because back in 2008, she already had gotten it but it was put on pause to wait for Aaliyah’s mothers approval and then now they kinda had to recast and see if there was any other person that can play her. But if you took a look at Barry’s twitter, you can see that he has been coining Keshia Chante all the time to play her but Keshia probably backed out of the movie once she heard Aaliyah’s mom isn’t approving this, so they went with Zendaya. SMH!

    We all know this was Keshia Chante’s role. Aaliyah and her are so much alike, I mean Keshia started her music career the same age as Aaliyah.

  10. Tisha June 18, 2014

    We all saw the bullsht that happened with that Elizabeth Taylor ‘biopic’ that also happened on Lifetime, no one is here for the bullsht twice.

    Let’s face it these studios never pay proper respect and study to the stars they cover, they want to get a lot of publicity, make a ‘shocking’ movie and rake in some money. I get Zendaya landed a good acting job but this film is so much more than that and it deserves a real actress and a serious fan/family/history interaction. It can’t be a Disney star trying her first adult role.

  11. credits June 18, 2014

    Aaliyah’s family needs to stop holding on so tight. I understand their pain but they still need to remember that their daughter was an idol and was very much in the public eye. That being said, so many people have been inspired by her and miss her music. Every time someone tries to re-ignite the Aaliyah flame, they put a damper on it. And it is putting a damper on her legacy. They need to stop it already and put their blessing and support in something for the fans. If not this movie, then maybe that long overdue posthumous album. Being a famous celebrity comes with the sacrifice of belonging to the public, to a degree (I.E. beyonce finally combing blu ivy’s hair). Aaliyah, like so many other celebrities has become just as important to her fans as her family (those kind of fans exist). What is very evident is their pure love for their daughter as they had so many opportunities to earn money with posthumous releases, but none of them they chose to exploit. And they did a good job stopping Drake, he has no personal connection to her. As for this Zendaya girl, she looks like she is better off playing Cassie, looks wise. I can’t see a latina looking girl playing Aaliyah. But who knows, i couldn’t see Drew playing T-boz and Keke playing Chili but that worked out great so…we’ll have to wait.

    • sarah June 18, 2014

      exactly my thoughts!!people need to grow up and get over it..as an aaliyah fan..I am here for it..and I wish the actress the best of luck!!

  12. Tiffini June 18, 2014

    To be completely honest I don’t think Aaliyah was that great of a singer, yes I did like some of her songs but she wasn’t a great by any means, sorry. I think Zendaya will do her justice but Aaliyah just wasn’t that influential and if she didn’t die she would have been a has been, sorry but its the truth. I have even watched youtubes of her singing live and she sounded horrible please go back and review.

    • Sandra June 18, 2014

      What does your opinion on Aaliyah’s voice have to do with anything? She was a good vocalist (Whitney Houston loved Aaliyah’s voice and was a fan of her) and a great dancer with great songs and videos, and she was a down to earth and relatable person. Aaliyah’s influence is very underrated, she inspired my of today’s artists. If she didn’t die she would’ve been in many high profile movies, she was filming for the Matrix before she died and she was getting bigger and bigger. Unless you can look into the future you have no idea whether Aaliyah would be a hasbeen or not, but looking at the facts: She had her highest first week sales of her entire career for her last album and she had grown and developed as an artist and was broadening her career by making successful movies as well. So… And Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and Janet loved Aaliyah, and their opinion > Yours. Sorry.

    • credits June 19, 2014

      She actually had an impressive range and switched from high to low and low to high seamlessly.

  13. Tiffini June 18, 2014

    Sorry, but its true, she was marketable just like Beyonce, Ciara,JLO, Christina Millian and Janet Jackson, they arent by far great singers but they pretty and light skinned which leads a marketable career. Please do better and understand the difference between real tallent and straight marketing.

    • Sandra June 18, 2014

      What’s “real talent” to you then? Isn’t singing, dancing, acting and performing a talent? Yes it is, and Aaliyah was great at all four things. And ‘The Voice’ herself Whitney Houston LOVED Aaliyah’s voice, was a big Aaliyah fan and wanted her to play in the movie Sparkle with her.

  14. Sandra June 18, 2014

    Zendaya really looks nothing like Aaliyah, they have completely different face shape and body types… But maybe she’ll look more like her with the right makeup and hairstyle. I think that someone else should’ve gotten the role though. But it’s sad that they are doing this movie without the permission of Aaliyah’s family. But I wish Zendaya luck, maybe she’ll pull it off just fine.

  15. Brian310 June 18, 2014

    Nobody can give a time table on when a grieving mother should get over the TRAGIC loss of a daughter. Anyone that knows this story would see that her mother obviously still probably blames herself, no one was with Aaliyah on the set of that video which was the 1st time that has happened, so I’m sure the mom replays the events over in her head all the time wishing she would have pushed back her surgery date. Go and talk to any parent that has lost a child and they will tell you its the worst pain you can feel. As a true fan I will not support this film unless her mother and brother are apart of it, her uncle is too shady for me and I hope if Diane can take any legal action against him that she does it.

  16. RihIcon June 18, 2014

    Word on the street is that j lo sold 500 copies in the uk

  17. eric June 18, 2014

    Aaliyah has some of the most loyal fans, and her family puts enough trust in us that they know they don’t have to release a statement to get the fans to stand up for them. We already know what to do.




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