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Updated: March 3, 2016, 3 PM EST

Lisa Simone Kelly, Nina Simone’s daughter, came out in support of Zoe Saldana. Lisa stated she’s “not upset” with Zoe Saldana’s role as her mother. Rather, Lisa said she feels sorry for Zoe and doesn’t think the actress deserves all of the backlash she’s received.

“It’s unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture,” said Simone Kelly, 53, who is also an actress and singer. “It’s clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she’s being attacked when she’s not responsible for any of the writing or the lies.”

As for the shot toward Zoe on Twitter, Lisa wasn’t the one who fired it.

“Her family said they had hired family friend Aaron Overfield to manage the official website and Facebook page years ago. Overfield did not return requests for comment.”

This isn’t likely to make Zoe feel much better as she’s taken quite the beating for her role, however, she can take solace knowing someone, somewhere, realizes the situation and came to her aid.

Zoe Saldana‘s last couple of days have been rough. Earlier, Twitter turned Zoe into a meme once the pictures of her dressed as Nina Simone hit the internet. This isn’t the first time this has happened, as Zoe spoke out in 2013 regarding the criticism received for receiving the role to play the iconic singer.

On Tuesday night, however, Zoe tweeted a quote by Nina Simone.

It appears as if the people behind Nina Simone’s Twitter account were not too pleased by this.

Zoe has taken seemingly nonstop criticism since 2012, when she originally accepted the role to play Nina Simone. The biopic, simply titled Nina, will be in theaters this April.


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