Olivia Harvey
December 21, 2017 7:39 am

On Tuesday, December 19th, Variety.com reported that Nick Cannon is writing, directing, producing, and costarring in an indie film about women’s street basketball. Sounds pretty cool, right? However, Variety also confirmed that Chris Brown is slated to star in the movie, and the internet is not pleased — for good reason.

Many find Brown’s involvement in a film about female empowerment outright offensive. In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to domestic assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. And just this year, Brown’s ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran was granted a five-year restraining order against the singer after he threatened her with violence after their breakup.

And in the midst of the #MeToo movement — sparked by the downfall of prominent movie exec Harvey Weinstein —  the casting choice feels tone deaf at best, and a slap in the face to victims everywhere at worst.

Twitter users were quick to share their concerns.

And others are just confused about the number of men involved in a movie about women’s streetball.

Production is reportedly already underway on She Ball, but perhaps the producers and creative team behind the project will reconsider their problematic casting choice in the wake of these concerns. We certainly hope so.