Mon. May 29th, 2023

Beyonce has been the target of criticism from a prominent figure in South Africa due to rumours that she plans to produce a movie about a woman who was enslaved in the nation and forced to work in a freak show.

Beyonce according to rumours, will be writing and appearing in a film about Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman, a South African lady who rose to fame due to the size of her buttocks and her "unusual colouring." She was taken to Europe in 1810, where people who paid to see her perform half-naked under the name Hottentot Venus treated her like an object.

"She lacks the basic human dignity to be worthy of writing Sarah’s story, let alone playing the part," Chief Jean Burgess of the Ghonaqua First Peoples told News24.

"Why Sarah Baartman? Why not a narrative about a Native American woman? I can only see arrogance in her attempt to tell a story that is not hers to tell.

Flesh-created fantasy

It's no surprise that Saartjie Baartman generated such a commotion in Georgian England given that she was a stunning showgirl from South Africa and had a bottom that was impossible to resist. In this video, Rachel Holmes discusses the myth of the "Hottentot Venus."

Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman in Europe.
Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman in Europe. Photograph: Alamy

Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman in Europe. Alamy has the photograph.

It is stated that the movie follows the woman's enslavement and a failed court case in which it was argued that she was being forced to act against her will. However, the case was unsuccessful.

Beyonce, whose work in front of the camera has been met with mixed reviews, will be writing her first script for the movie, even though the project has not yet been greenlit. She has made appearances in films such as Obsessed, The Fighting Temptations, Dreamgirls, and Austin Powers: Goldmember. Her most recent performance was as a voice actor in the animated adventure film Epic.


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