"Did not like" is putting it delicately.
Despite initial protests of disapproval from both her family and fans, Lifetime aired its controversial Aaliyah biopic on Saturday night, and it did not sit very well with viewers.
"'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' barely scratches the surface of how she changed the course for pop, hip-hop and R&B in the Nineties and why her death at age 22 on August 25, 2001 was such a huge loss for music fans," writes The Rolling Stone.
Aaliyah's family denied the producers rights to use her music in the film, so that alone did not bode well for the film, and Zendaya Coleman, who was initially cast to play Aaliyah dropped out delaying production.
After it aired, the film was instantly the target of ridicule on Twitter, mainly with the hashtag #LifetimeBeLike making fun of the poor casting choices. And the way film portrayed her relationship with R. Kelly was equally upsetting for people to watch.
Aaliyah's former producer, Timbaland, also went full meme on his Instagram account in response to the film. Here are a few examples:
Executive producer Wendy Williams responded to the criticism on her show Monday:
I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend! Errbody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched. It was the second-highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far.
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