Stacey Dash is set to star in upcoming film ROE V. WADE, which is being pushed as the “untold story of how people lied, how the media lied, and how the courts were manipulated to pass a law that has since killed over 60 Million Americans,” according to the film’s crowd-funding page.
ROE V. WADE was a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court legalizing safe, medical abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy and giving women the right to choose.
Dash plays Mildred Jefferson, the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the former president of National Right to Life, the oldest national pro-life organization in America. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s niece Alveda narrates and is also listed as an executive producer of the film.
“Abortion is the #1 killer of African Americans in the United States,” reads a title card for the controversial movie.
Dash has already faced criticism for taking the part, with the former Clueless star being called out via social media.
Imagine being so desperate for conservative “celebrities” that you’ll cast Robert fucking Davi as a Supreme Court Justice and Stacey Dash as a Harvard grad
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) July 3, 2018
Cuz when stacey dash gets top billing you know the movie’s not gonna win any acting awards
— be the wakanda you wish to see in the world (@Iokierhia) July 3, 2018
— It’s Kayrenee! (@_HazelEyeBeauty) July 4, 2018
In addition to public backlash, cast and crew members are quitting the film due to the pro-life direction the film took at the last minute, according to producer Nick Loeb, who spilled on the moment a woman stormed up to him demanding to speak with the director to The Daily Mail.
“When I told her I was, she told me to go f*ck myself,” said Loeb, who has been filming under the working title of 1973. “Then she threw her headset on the ground and walked off. I found out later she was our electrician.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.