Whoopi Goldberg calls for year-long focus on Oscars diversity
The protest effort takes issue with Saldana wearing makeup in order to darken her skin to more closely resemble Simone's complexion.
"Getting light-complexioned actors to play the roles of dark-complexioned historical figures is not only a sign of blatant disrespect to the persons they are portraying, but it is also disrespectful to their families, to history, to the people who look like the persons being whitewashed, and to the intelligence of the audience," it reads.
Simone Kelly disagrees with how her mother is portrayed in the film, a larger issue than who was cast in the leading role.
“It’s unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture,” she told Time.
Here is the trailer: