Debra Messing On Filming “Dirty Dancing” In North Carolina: ‘I Wish Production Stopped’
Debra Messing is traveling to North Carolina on Thursday to film the Dirty Dancing remake, but she would prefer it if the production was moved to a different location in light of the state’s controversial anti-LGBT law.
FOX announced last December that a TV movie adaptation of the beloved Dirty Dancing film would star Abigail Breslin as Baby, with Messing cast as her mother. Filming, which began earlier this month, is largely taking place in Hendersonville, N.C. The production is going on as controversy swirls in and outside of the state regarding the House’s recently-passed bill that prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match their biological gender and stops cities from passing local anti-discrimination laws.
The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act was signed by Governor McCrory last month. Since then, many in Hollywood have been protesting the rulings, with some like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr canceling their previously scheduled N.C. concerts. In contrast, on Thursday morning Messing told her followers on Twitter and WhoSay, “Heading to NC. Joining filming of Dirty Dancing, a story about inclusion and tolerance. Let’s stand together against the Governor’s actions. Please support the ACLU’s petition to repeal anti-LBGT #HB2.”
In reply, some questioned why Messing wasn’t boycotting the state like some other stars. That led her to return to Twitter to shared a type-written response. The actress wrote:
“Regarding my traveling to NC: I wish film production could have been stopped, but it was already in production and sadly it was determined to be too late. I signed a contract and I am obligated to fulfill it. I am happy, however, that this film is about tolerance and inclusion. I will continue to speak out to again this hateful discrimination.”
Messing’s statement received mixed reaction. @westgate55 replied, “I live in NC and I understand the outrage, we have it as well. I don’t also blame people for not wanting to come here for work.” But someone with the username @KDavisGayFriend (seriously) wrote back, “So you are filming a movie about ‘Tolerance’ in NC? Kind of like filming a movie about Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.”
Messing has been increasingly political on Twitter lately, with many of her tweets in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. She also recently sparred with Susan Sarandon on social media regarding Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.