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Earlier this week, rumors swirled that Beyoncé was writing a new film surrounding the life of Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was placed on exhibits in Britain and France in the early 1800s due to her abnormal backside and genitals, according to Europeans.

But the singer’s rep recently confirmed that the rumors are false.

Beyoncé is in no way tied to this project,” her rep told Billboard in a statement (Jan. 5). “This is an important story that should be told, however.”

Saartjie’s story definitely needs to be brought to life, but Jean Burgess, chief of Ghonaqua First Peoples tribe, doesn’t think Beyoncé should write or star in the film.

She lacks the basic human dignity to be worthy of writing Sarah’s story, let alone playing the part,’ Chief Jean Burgess told Times Live.

Adding, ‘Why Sarah Baartman?’ Chief Burgess asked, ‘Why not a story about an Indigenous American woman? I can only see arrogance in her attempt to tell a story that is not hers to tell.

Saartjie passed away in 1815 at the age of 26. After her death, her genitals and brains were pickled and displayed in jars at a Paris museum until 1974, according to South African History. In 2002, Nelson Mandela asked for Baartman’s remains to be returned so she could be properly buried.

Written By: Chey Lyn


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