- Lisa Respers France: Zoe Saldana causes uproar by darkening skin in Nina Simone biopic
- France: Having someone in blackface portray hugely talented artist, activist is an affront
- She says it doesn't help that Saldana has made controversial remarks about "not seeing color"
Lisa Respers France is a senior producer for CNN Digital and host of the "Lisa's Desk" video franchise. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)In many ways, the casting of Zoe Saldana as the singer and activist Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic stings more for people of color than the recent announcement that white actor Joseph Fiennes was selected to play Michael Jackson.