Jada Pinkett Smith refers to Tupac biopic 'All Eyez on Me' as 'exploitative'
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Jada Pinkett Smith refers to Tupac biopic 'All Eyez on Me' as 'exploitative'

While making press rounds for her upcoming film, Girls Trip, Jada Pinkett Smith is discussing her problems with the recent Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me. She and one of her Girls Trip co-stars, Regina Hall and producer Will Packer visited V-103.

When the film first came out, Pinkett Smith expressed her distaste on social media, while still commending the actors for their performances. She had similar regards when talking to V-103, saying that she didn’t put that out there to dissuade people from watching the film.

“One thing I want to say about me making that statement was, it wasn’t to have people not go see it. I wanted people to know that what you’re seeing in regards to my relationship with Tupac is not true, and that was important to me because my relationship was really special and…um….it was very complicated and I just felt like it was a huge disservice,” she said while holding back tears.

According to Smith, what made it “even more painful” was that she knows the “Codeblack dudes” (referring to Codeblack Films) who distributed the film. “We’ve done business together. We’ve done Free Angela together, so I know they knew how to reach for me. I thought it was just handled in a very disrespectful way, and I felt like it was exploitive of me and Pac, how they used our relationship to sell a movie, and I just felt like it was tomb-raiding in regards to Pac,” she said.

On making biopics representative of those important to the culture, she said, “If you’re really saying that you’re honoring a man’s legacy, then honor his legacy. And if you don’t have the story, fall back until you do. I feel like we, as black people, we have got to protect those individuals that we say are important to us, to our history and to our culture. We cannot expect other people to do that if we’re not willing to do that ourselves. Pac is precious to us.”

You can watch the full interview below:

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