Not sure who told everyone that seeing the new Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” was law, but I need everyone to calm all the way down. I had a few discussions regarding choosing not to to go see the movie, and it seemed everybody with a lil bit of melanin seems to be bothered by that decision.
Understand that although Tupac was a great rapper and well known celebrity, being black doesn’t automatically make everyone a stan for him. I like Tupac’s music and have watched many documentaries/interviews on him over the years. However, I’m just not excited to see a movie about him. Not being excited about the movie doesnt make me a hater. It simply makes me indifferent.
The other reason I am choosing not to see the movie is because I haven’t heard hardly any good reviews about the movie. I don’t put much weight into other people’s opinions of a movie normally because I know everyone’s experience is different. However, if I’m already indifferent towards the movie in question, seeing constant negative reviews of said movie will only solidify that for me.
Last but not least, I have never been a huge fan of biopics that aren’t approved or appreciated by close friends and family members of the deceased person in question. I didn’t watch Aaliyah’s last year either for that very reason. I feel that some lines shouldn’t be crossed and find it disrespectful to biopics with such large amounts of drama without the approval of people who knew them the best. Yeah I know sometimes friends and family want to fluff things out and paint a cleaner image sometimes, but I just feel they should be involved to a certain extent, or at least approving of it. Apparently Tupac’s mother did not approve this when it was in talks before she passed, and according to this post, Jada Pinkett-Smith didn’t care for it either.
Understand that not everyone is going to feel the same as you may feel about particular celebrities. I’m pretty sure many of the people that stan for Tupac don’t stan for Michael Jackson and Beyoncé as I do. But guess what? We can all respect each other’s decisions and preferences anyway, right?