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Laverne Cox Pulls Out of Sex Industry Documentary Following "Outrage"



Cox has dropped out of a documentary about sex workers following public backlash to the project. 

Director Sarah Jones announced she would be working with executive producers Meryl Streep, Rashida Jones and Cox on the film adaptation of her off-Broadway show, Sell/Buy/Date. Jones played multiple characters inspired by real people during her one-woman show about the sex industry. 

The documentary will focus on "inequality (criminal justice, race, sexism, poverty) through the lens of the debate around the sex industry. The documentary asks the question, 'Is sex work exploitative or empowering?'"

Several social media users criticized Sarah Jones for potentially contributing to the stigma around sex work. Cox responded by pulling out of the project.
"I have so much love for her [Jones] as a human being. But I am not in an emotional place to deal with the outrage by some around my participation in this project. So I have decided to pull out. I have to take care of my mental, physical and emotional health."

It's unclear if other producers will drop out, too. 

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Tags: black celebrities, film - documentary, laverne cox
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