Once again, biographical filmmakers didn’t quite get it right.
The Lifetime Network’s “Betty and Coretta” is the latest example of that.
Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Betty Shabazz spoke up about the inaccuracies the film contains. Rumor has it, the filmmakers didn’t even consult the children about a damn thing.
“My mother was not a weak, timid, insecure woman as portrayed,” Shabazz told the Washington Post. “She was regal, compassionate, strong, loving, beautiful, resilient and highly educated. That is why the Delta Sigma Theta sororities named academies all across this country after her, so others could be inspired how to turn triumph into tragedy. “If only Lifetime had consulted us, the sisters, maybe this would be more than fiction. I am not pointing my finger solely at them, but it must be our responsibility to ensure history is properly documented.”
And as far as Coretta Scott King, the main falsity was the that she accepted that her husband was unfaithful based on tapes sent by the FBI.
“Betty & Coretta” – set to re-air this Monday, January 11 at 10pm E/P – is based on the relationship between Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King after their husbands were murdered.