Top Stories

Laverne Cox Drops Out of Controversial New Film

Laverne Cox Drops Out of Controversial New Film

Laverne Cox is exiting a controversial project about sex work.

The Emmy-nominated actress was attached to co-executive produce Sarah Jones‘s upcoming documentary Sell/Buy/Date alongside fellow stars Meryl Streep and Rashida Jones.

A press release published by The Hollywood Reporter says the film addresses whether sex work is exploitative or empowering, as well as the sex industry’s impact on “Black and brown women in particular.”

Members of the sex work community criticized the film for not directly involving sex workers in the production process. Laverne responded to one user’s comment that the project represented “everything [she is] supposedly against” by announcing that she had decided to exit the film in order to protect her mental health amid the backlash.

“I am not in an emotional place to deal with the outrage by some around my participation in this project,” she tweeted. “So I have decided to pull out. To be clear, I am no longer involved in any capacity in ['Sell/Buy/Date.']”

In November, Laverne opened up about being the target of a transphobic attack – read more here.

Just Jared on Facebook
Photos: Getty Images
Posted to: Laverne Cox

JJ Links Around The Web

Photo of Private:  JJ Links Around The Web
Getty Images
  • Chloe Bailey opens up about her sexuality - Just Jared Jr
  • Another star has joined the cast for season two of The White Lotus - Just Jared Jr
  • Here's everything coming to Disney+ in February - Just Jared Jr
  • Daniel Radcliffe has booked an exciting new role - Just Jared Jr