Timbaland is explaining his negative reaction to Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.” In an interview with New York’s Hot 97 radio, Timbo says the picture was a “mockery” of Aaliyah’s life and the film wasn’t accurate.
Despite lashing out at Lifetime and the film’s executive producer, Wendy Williams, on social media, the hit-making producer says he’s hesitant to blame either for what he believes are the film’s shortcomings. He adds that he simply doesn’t have enough information about how the project came together and doesn’t want to hurl unfounded accusations at anyone.
Timbaland also says he was touched by the number of messages he received from Aaliyah’s supporters.
The ratings for Lifetime’s new Aaliyah biopic are coming in as strong as the fan reaction online. Saturday’s TV movie, “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,” brought in a solid three-point-two million viewers.
One-point-seven million of those viewers were in the 18 to 49 demographic. “Entertainment Weekly” says the controversial biopic is now the second most-watched television movie of 2014, just behind Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic.” Many viewers, however, didn’t like what they saw. Social media was buzzing with criticism over how the late singer was portrayed, particularly in regards to her brief underage marriage to R. Kelly.