Lee Daniels‘ United States Vs. Billie Holiday film finally premiered on Hulu tonight and fans have a lot of thoughts about the flick.
The movie centers on Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, who spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe.
However, not many recall that beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Billie in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.”
After screening the movie, many fans took to social media and opened up about how the movie resonated with them and how mad they are for the treatment Billie was subject to.
“I’m mad as hell the Billie Holiday movie got me pissed off at bae like this,” one fan wrote after watching.
Another added, “This movie made me very sad for Billie Holiday. Black women in general.”
Andra Day, who plays Billie, is nominated at this weekend’s Golden Globes for her role, as well as Best Original Song.
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday was a good movie! The fact that no anti-lynching laws have been passed yet is dispiriting but I’m not surprised.
— Meenaa 🌱 (@meenaa_salaam) February 27, 2021
Billie Holiday movie pissing me off.
— BrittanyTheBrand (@brittanynecole_) February 27, 2021
What the United States did to Billie Holiday is more than a travesty
— Gary Doobiak (@SplytMusic) February 27, 2021
Currently watching The United States vs. Billie Holiday and I’m given yet another 38282 reasons to hate men.
— ALL Black Lives Matter. (@desidee77) February 27, 2021
I’m so sorry Billie Holiday.
Thank you for your bravery and everything you stood for.
I wanna fight everyone involved after seeing this movie.
— Ashley Pickett (@theashpickett) February 27, 2021
This movie has my emotions all over the place, but JOB WELL DONE👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾!!! I just don’t understand how a song had the gov’t THAT MAD to destroy Billie Holiday…SMH! They could lynch us all day, but we couldn’t sing about it…UNBELIEVABLE! https://t.co/BMSQNo0sc0
— She Got Her Own (@FleurDeCis83) February 27, 2021
Billie Holiday movie had be in my mfs feelings. Whew. The shit they put black people through. 😞
— A.J. (@apricot_jones) February 27, 2021
*Sigh* I just want to turn back time and b**t everybody’s azz who hurt Billie Holiday. I know that’s not reasonable and she owned her addiction, but I’m just speaking out of my emotions right now.😔 It be your own damn ppl sometimes!🤬#UnitedStatesvsBillieHoliday
— THE Twin & Hubs!💛🐝🌈✊🏾🇺🇸 (@CLE_SHONUFF) February 27, 2021
26 minutes into US vs Billie Holiday – this level of brutality for singing a truth as a Black woman. And ppl want to refute this country’s violent history in NYT 1619? smh
— amf (@amforret) February 27, 2021
This Billie holiday movie is making me so sad…
— Amber ✨ (@Amb_bition) February 27, 2021
this billie holiday movie crazy bro like they rlly was planting shit on her ass & for what
— kay (@awksiides) February 27, 2021
Watching The United States v. Billie Holiday and pretty much just getting mad all over again.
Agent Anslinger was an asshole.
The Republicans still block anti-lynching legislation. STILL! That’s all we need to know about them. Vote them all out.
— Michele E. Gwynn (@MicheleEGwynn) February 27, 2021
Just finished watching Billie Holiday vs. US.
The govt is a wild crooked beast. Always has been
— Dr. Bald Daddy (@HitThe_J) February 27, 2021