Yesha Callahan

Beyoncé To Write And Star In Her Own Film Based On South Africa’s “Hottentot Venus”

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Beyoncé has her heart set on winning an Oscar. According to The Sun, she plans on taking matters into her own hands by writing and starring in a film about Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was exploited in London freak shows against her will during the late 1700s and nicknamed Hottentot Venus because of her large bottom. Eventually, Saartjie became famous and has since become a symbol of the abuse shown towards black women’s bodies throughout history.

“Beyoncé is desperate to be taken seriously as an actress,” an undisclosed source apparently told the paper. “Even though she’s had a string of well-received movies, she still feels her breakthrough role is yet to come. She now wants to write a screenplay that gains her respect – and hopefully awards – from the film industry, and thinks Saartjie’s story could be her ticket.”
While she managed to score a Golden Globe nomination for her 2006 role as Deena in Dreamgirls, we all know there’s no such thing as ‘enough’ when it comes to Bey so it’s safe to say she won’t stop until she has that Oscar in hand.
Would you watch?
  1. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    Perhaps, if it’s well produced

  2. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    I’ll be sick that day, it’s unfortunate..

  3. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    The story about Saartjie Baartman is emotional and it deals with a lot of issues from racism to misogynoir. She or Beyonce wants to be taken seriously in doing this endeavor. She wants to write the screenplay of the movie. I can’t say either way if I will look at the film since it’s so early. Yet, it is important for everyone to know the story about Saartjie Baartman. Her story is about how evil people exploited black bodies for their own sick purposes. Also, the beautiful woman Saartije is gone physically, but her will, her spirit, and her dignity is eternal. Her life is part of the lives of black persons internationally. Her pain is our pain. When we look at her and her life, we see the best in ourselves despite the intolerance of others. Saartjie Baartman was a strong woman whose life outlines a way for us to reflect and to stand up for the human rights of all black people.

  4. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    stick to your day job; this is definitely something i don’t think she can pull off . . .

  5. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    By write does she mean take credit for other’s work? Is this really about telling this story or narcissism. Did she not hear about Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone?

  6. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    Is she going to darken herself like she did in the French magaize ? They don’t call her baddie bey for nothing

  7. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    Why can’t she just sing? This sounds disastrous.

    • January 4, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      big time!! so out of her league . . .

    • January 5, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      True, but maybe it will raise people’s awareness? I am trying to be optimistic. There are a lot of kid’s that do not know this extremely important piece of history. My hope is that people will see what ever mess she cooks up (okay a little less optimistic there), and will hit the internet/library to research the actual facts.

    • January 5, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Read up on it a little, her camp denied having any ties to the project.

  8. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    This is a very sensitive and serious subject and in the wrong hands could turn into a huge mess. Or Beyoncé might surprise us all and give a stellar performance and get that little gold statue to go with her other accolades.

  9. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    This is a disaster waiting to happen. I don’t think Mrs. Carter has the chops for this.

  10. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    It almost feels as if Saartjie Baartman is being posthumously displayed for consumption again. If someone does a film about her(which there is at least one film already), it should be done respectfully and with the intentions on showing her humanity and shedding light to the atrocities that were done to her and others in the name of entertainment, science, and pure hatred. This film should not be made just because Beyonce thinks she deserves an Oscar and wants to try and showcase her acting/writing/directing talents.

    • January 4, 2016 - Reply


      I was just about to type something similar, there is already a movie about Saartjie Baartman that came out fairly recently around 2013 or so. I do agree that Hollywood and the movie world is over killing S. Baartman’s story by not getting to the meat and bones of her trials, injustices and the inhumanity she faced but wanting to use her and her life in film because it comes off as edgy/gritty. If you want to do her story, you need to come correct. But I will reserve judgments here because the Sun isn’t exactly reliable but if it is true…please no.

    • January 5, 2016 - Reply


      You beat me to it. This is not a subject that should be up for mass consumption. I do not respect Beyonce’s intellect, nuance, ability.

      Black women, being used again.

  11. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    LOL Clutchites on fire for 2016 Nothing to add As you were too funny

  12. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    I’m #TeamB but…Ummm…this is not the one for her!

  13. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    I just don’t think bey can act.

  14. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    beyonce, stop!! and now carry on….

  15. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    Is this not the same woman who sang about being Bootylicious?

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  16. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    I can’t for this! The moment I’ve been waiting for … this is the year Beyonce will be ridiculed so bad , that she’ll be forced into retirement. What an ego maniac…

  17. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    No…….just no. To portray this woman would take a lot of raw emotion and acting chops that she just does not have. Just do like Will & Jada and put the money up for the film and employ black Hollywood to write, act and work on this film. Don’t use Ms. Baartman’s life to gain an achievement. Use it to empower, shed light and inform not to be Oscar worthy.

  18. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    Im sorry beyonce but you cannot act at all. Just sing your good at that and it works for you. Then to top it off you want to do something historically black yet I don’t hear you talking about the black lives that are being killed by cops daily , why not spend some money and help the american black community out. Nah you won’t because your husband and you to busy being greedy instead of giving.There are so many things wrong with this and there are so may issues on top of issues. If you want to direct or act, why not start something simple like do a Tyler Perry type movie. No Bey just No, put the pen down, this one is not for you.

  19. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    I’m here for the comments.

  20. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    As much as I love Beyonce, this is just not something I want to see happen.

  21. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    Why?????!!!! Why must the people who lack in acting skills the most, insist on acting?? Never mind the fact that this heffa regularly takes part in her own body exploitation. ….this goes on my list as one of the dumbest things I’ve heard this year. Already.
    Also, what direction or screenwriting credits does she have on her resume? Short films? Music videos? Please Chile sit yo a S S down somewhere. …write another album worth of songs if you’re bored, but leave the film making and acting to the filmmakers and actors

  22. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    You never see any positive movies about black people. There is always a struggle dealing with racism. Smh plus out of everyone in the world, Beyonce??? There’s going to be a black woman whom has bleached her skin changed her nose and gets blonde weaves to represent the exploitation of the black woman’s body? Even her boobs and butt are fake. How about a REAL dark skinned sista. You never see darker skinned sistas in movies or in the media

  23. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    Isn’t the sun a tabloid? This sounds like a far reach. I could see her producing but writing and starring? Nah.

  24. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    She doesn’t even write her own music. How is she gonna write a movie?

  25. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    She’s a terrible actress and based on her speaking skills and how she has expressed herself in the media I hope she hires a ghost writer for the screenplay if she is serious. Or she could just stick to what she does best, which does not include acting.

  26. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    Sadly, the emotions of black women are being used again as click bait. Internet marketing 101. People love hating Beyonce, people love loving Beyonce, black women feel a particular pain about their history. Lets exploit that and get more exposure!! This has been the game since 2008. The title of The Sun article alone is more disturbing than the idea of this film and speaks volumes about the response it will get from emotionally vacant people had it actually been real. The content in the article about Beyonce wanting respect and awards from Hollywood align more with the insecurity an inferiority of the author of the article than Beyonce’s on stage or off stage persona.

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