Timbaland was among the many people who found "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B," which aired on Saturday, to be a very inaccurate depiction of the late singer's life and career. The rapper-producer, who collaborated with the late singer extensively, dismissed the TV movie as "bulls**t" and said he didn't watch it.
In one of the videos he posted on Instagram, the rapper said: "This is why people should never remake movies. Bulls**t happens. Now you have to deal with the consequences."
He also posted a number of memes and photos with quotes, including one in which Aaliyah spoke about her legacy. The quote read: "It's hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I'm long gone. I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person."
Fans agreed with the rapper-producer's sentiments and many took to Twitter to air their dismay over Lifetime's portrayal of their idol, who died in a plane crash in 2011, MTV says.
Answering Lifetime's tweet, which read "RT if you love 'Let Me Know'! #AaliyahMovie," user @Sowmyak said: "Please Google Aaliyah's song titles before posting. Thanks from a real fan." User @OurExaltedOne also answered the tweet and said: "it's called AT YOUR BEST YOU ARE LOVE. You don't even know her song titles yet you think you're entitled to make a movie."
Many also criticized the way Aaliyah's relationship with R&B singer and producer R.Kelly when she was only 15 and he was 27 was romanticized.
Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic has encountered many troubles since the announcement of its production. The late R&B star's family vehemently opposed the TV film, according to New York Daily News, believing there's a better venue for the singer's story.
A day before the film was aired, its producers explained and defended it in an interview with the Washington Post.
"Biopics are hard," executive producer Debra Martin Chase said. "People have an opinion and social media allows them to voice that opinion. But at the end of the day, our goal was to make the best movie possible."
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