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Bobbi Kristina-Angela Bassett feud erupts over Whitney Houston biopic

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Upset that she was not chosen to play the role of her mother in Lifetime TV’s Whitney Houston biopic, Bobbi Kristina started a feud with Angela Bassett, who will be directing the movie. According to the New York Daily News on July 3, Bobbi Kristina so desperately wanted to play the lead role in Lifetime TV’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic that she took it personally, considering it as an insult when Bassett explained in a recent interview, her reasons for not casting Bobbi Kristina in the role.

It didn’t sit well with the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston that model/actress Yaya DaCosta was cast in the lead role, so Bobbi Kristina lashed out at Angela Bassett in an angry, vindictive rant via her Twitter account in which she questioned Bassett’s gender and called her a b-tch.

Even though Bobbi Kristina desperately wanted to star in Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic, The Boston Globe reports on July 3 that Angela Basset, the film’s director, explained why she did not even consider Bobbi Kristina for the role. Bassett pointed out that even though Bobbi did some acting in her family’s reality TV show, she was not really a professionally trained actress. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly Bassett said:

“I did not think about casting her. And probably for a number of reasons, you know. One being that she’s not an actress. I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on their family’s reality show, but she’s not an actress and acting is a craft. . . this is a very fast-paced schedule; we have just 21 days to tell this story. It’s more than just saying lines and turning the light on. You have to drive the story—there’s a technical aspect.

Bobbi Kristina’s acting experience consists of two reality shows and a guest star appearance on Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse TV show. In contrast, YaYa DaCosta , the 31-year-old model/actress who landed the highly coveted role of Whitney Houston in the biopic, has appeared in over 10 films (most recently, The Butler) and even had a recurring role on All My Children.

Given the film’s 3-week production schedule, it’s understandable that Bassett, a first- time director, would be unwilling to cast an inexperienced actress like in the lead role of her first film. But the truth hurts. And even though Basset was simply stating the facts, Bobbi Kristina felt disrespected and responded to the perceived insult with highly immature behavior in the form of name-calling and insults. According to Reality TV World on July 2, Bobbi made the following tasteless remarks:

" Ha MsAng “bassketcase” has such a damn nerve. My lord, at least the world doesn't mistake me for the wrong sex.”

Followed by:

“When I win my first Grammy or Oscar, *Shrugs* hmm whichever comes 1st, I’ll be sure 2 shout UR name out b-tch”

Bobbi Kristina must have belatedly realized how immature her reaction was, and that as an aspiring actress, her attitude and her behavior would undoubtedly discourage other directors who might be in a position to offer her roles which could further her acting career. She has since apologized for her remarks.

But it’s interesting to note that the entire Houston family seems to have a problem with the making of this film. Although Bassett reached out to the Houstons in the early days to assure them that the film would not be not be a negative depiction of Whitney, but would play up the positive things that happened in her life, Whitney’s family refused to participate or give the film their blessing.

At one point, they were even considering a lawsuit to block production of Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic. The Houston family’s biggest problem with the Lifetime biopic is that they feel Whitney’s life isworthy of more than a television movie” and have stated that the Whitney Houston estate is planning its own movie for the big screen.

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