Rumors surfaced this week claiming Beyoncé would be stepping up her game, writing AND starring in a biopic about Saartjie Baartman.
Reports alleged that Bey would be writing the script and playing the lead role as the South African woman who was exploited in freak shows in the 1800s because of her large posterior.
As fans were still deciding how they felt about this new project for the musical icon, the singer's team quickly denied that Beyoncé was at all involved with the film!
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A rep for the songstress released a statement to Billboard saying:
"Beyoncé is in no way tied to this project. This is an important story that should be told, however."
Baartman was shown in exhibits under the name Hottentot Venus. She was forced to perform in shows against her will until she died in 1815 at 26 years old. She did not receive a proper burial in South Africa until 2002.
While Queen Bey may not be attached, the rumor serendipitously shed light on Baartman's story — which many agree deserves to be told.
Jack Devnarain, the chairman of the South African Guild of Actors, said:
"The story of Saartjie Baartman is a tale of torture and humiliation of a woman, womanhood in general and an entire culture indigenous to Southern Africa. As an episode in South African history, it describes the crippling damage of racism, sexism and exploitation. Baartman was paraded as a freak and brutally robbed of her humanity. Her story needs to be told."
We totally agree! Maybe Beyoncé can hop on board as a producer to help get this film made!
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