“I have to take care of my mental, physical and emotional health,” says Cox after an overwhelming reaction to her involvement in Sarah Jones’ “Buy / Buy / Meet.”
After director Sarah Jones announced a film adaptation of her off-Broadway production “Buy / Sell / Date” on January 5, there was an immediate reaction to the show’s content.
The show for a single woman addresses the controversial topic of sex work and featured Jones playing various characters inspired by different real people. They had lined up Meryl Streep, Rashida Jones and Laverne Cox as executive producers, but Cox has already given up on “outrage”.
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It wasn’t until 24 hours later that Cox announced that everything was a little too much for her right now. Taking to his social media platforms, Cox stressed that he agreed to be part of the project in support of “Jones’ undeniable talent as an artist, as an actor.”
But the adverse reaction quickly proved overwhelming. “I have so much love for her as a human being,” the “Orange Is the New Black” star continued. “But I’m not in an emotional place to deal with the outrage of some around my participation in this project. So I decided to retire.”
Stating quite clearly that she is no longer involved “in any way,” Cox concluded his statement by saying, “I need to take care of my mental health. That’s all I have to say about it.”
She then followed her statement Thursday with a clip from a 2014 interview in which Cox spoke about the need to decriminalize sex work and the hypocrisy of stigmatizing pornography in America, even if it consumes large amounts of it.
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In other words, he seems to be trying to clarify that he is an ally of sex workers. However, Jones’ project reached a negative agreement within that community, and Cox’s brief involvement pulled her straight into the fight.
“Exactly what the world needs. Another film in which non-SWers debate whether sex work is exploitative or empowering,” one person wrote on Twitter, as he noted E!
That person challenged Cox’s involvement, adding: “This project is all you are supposed to oppose. Stop trying to tell stories, ignoring them and telling them. “
Another called Hollywood “still making SWer documentaries without talking to real sex workers.”
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Jones’ play directly addresses the sex industry, examining it as an “intersection of race, feminism, power, and the economy in our current cultural climate.” Deadline. Her documentary will explore “the inequality of criminal justice, race, sexism and poverty through the debate around the sex industry.”
The documentary question will be explored, accordingly The Hollywood Reporter, “Is sex work exploitative or empowering?”
For his part, Jones tweeted to people to keep “an open mind about the project before judging it.” She also did not express her heavy feelings for Cox back, telling her, “I am so grateful to you Laverne for coming with me so far and I look forward to continuing my work in film.”
She went on to demand that all those “outraged” critics “give Laverne space.”
Moreover, in response to many of the concerns that sex workers will not be expressed or portrayed in her film, Jones wrote on Twitter that she is “committed to listening deeply to people with lived experience, not only in my interviews, but also in the which we hire. behind the scenes. “
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“As a black feminist artist, I’ve always focused on the stories of traditionally marginalized people, especially women and women struggling for liberation and self-determination,” Jones said. “My sisters in the sex industry are no exception”
But even this statement has been met with indignation and doubt that Jones can or will represent the industry correctly and accurately. They also demanded the removal of Rashida Jones and Streep from the project.
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