Adekunle Gold faces backlash for feature on hollywood movie, 'The Book of Clarence'
Nigerian musician Adekunle Gold finds himself at the centre of controversy as the soundtrack for the highly anticipated Hollywood movie, The Book of Clarence, sparks harsh criticism online.
The film, set to feature appearances by Adekunle Gold and his colleague, Yemi Alade, marks their debut in Hollywood and is expected to showcase their talent on a global stage.
Alongside the Nigerian artists, the movie boasts a star-studded soundtrack with contributions from international performers such as Lil Wayne, Jay Z (who also serves as the film’s producer), Kid Cudi, Jorja Smith, Shabba Ranks, and more. Jay Z is set to release new music specifically for the James Samuel-directed film.
Despite the excitement surrounding the movie's release, AG faced backlash from online users who labelled the film as blasphemous. The criticism primarily targets the musician for his involvement in a project that some deem controversial.
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This comes after the singer shared the movie trailer on his Instagram page, expressing his pride in the film's representation.
He wrote, "It’s great to see such incredible representation in a first-of-its-kind film. #TheBookofClarence, a film by @Jeymes features new music from myself, @JAYZ @liltunechi @yemialade, and more. Exclusively in movie theaters January 12."
The online reactions to the movie have been mixed, with some praising the diverse representation and star-studded cast, while others criticize it for allegedly disrespecting religious sentiments.
As the film's release date approaches, it remains to be seen how the controversy will impact its reception.