The actor broke down in tears. “It’s easy being green,” she sputtered. “It’s hard to be a powerful black woman playing a powerful black woman when other powerful black women say your role as a powerful black woman was heart-breaking, nauseating, and soul-crushing,” Saldana said.
“I used to think that if Elizabeth Taylor could be Cleopatra, I could be Nina and it wouldn’t matter how much backlash there was,” Saldana said. “I thought I had permission to play Simone because I was a black woman.”
“I’m still black,” she continued, blowing her real nose. “But after this week I’m not sure which black people are John Lithgow with a stick up their butts, and which of us are Kevin Bacon who teaches the town how to dance.”
Saldana said she would still “honor and respect my black community because that’s who I am and there’s no one way to be black.”
But after the disdain she’s suffered in 2020, she’s not sure if she’s going to die among friends or surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.
“It’s not that easy being black, having to spend each day the color of the earth when I think it could be nicer being green, or blue, or something much more colorful like that,” Saldana said. “It’s not easy being black even if you are the second highest-grossing film actress of all time, as of 2019.”