Are We Being Too Quick to Judge Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone?

When it comes to Latinos, they've given her a hard time, too, particularly over 2011's Colombiana, an action movie about a little girl whose parents are murdered in Bogota and later becomes a stone-cold assassin seeking revenge in the U.S. There was even a whole campaign called PorColombia against the movie, which Saldana called stupid - again, probably not the best way to respond, but she's not exactly known for biting her tongue. "I wish I knew how to address stupid unintelligent comments but I don't," she told the Wall Street Journal. "It's just a shame that there are so many people out there that think so ignorantly."

But I'm not worried about Saldana. Whether her tough cookie image is a front or not, she is handling all of this better than expected. She hasn't overtly responded to the Nina Simone controversy yet - not a peep, but she (or someone on her behalf) does regularly post inspirational quotes on Twitter, like this one, from Bette Davis: ""The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead."

And this project is certainly a challenge for an actress who has yet to gain universal respect - and win some awards along the way.

In her defense, I'm going to watch the movie first before judging.

What will you do?

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