Beyonce has been blasted by a South African chief who says the pop star "lacks the basic human dignity" to be writing a film about a South African slave.
This week The Sun newspaper claimed Beyonce wanted to write and star in a film based on the life of a Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman, a South African woman who was enslaved in a freak show in the 1800s.
According to South African History Online, Baartman's large buttocks and "unusual colouring" made her the object of fascination for colonial Europeans and she was taken to London where people paid to see her half-naked body on display.
The Sun reported Beyonce has assembled a team of acting coaches and writers to help with the project.
But Jean Burgess, chief of the Ghonaqua First Peoples, told South Africa's News 24 that Beyonce should forget the project.
"She lacks the basic human dignity to be worthy of writing Sarah's story, let alone playing the part.
"Why Sarah Baartman?" Burgess said. "Why not a story about an Indigenous American woman? I can only see arrogance in her attempt to tell a story that is not her's to tell."