Sorry Sorbo and Dash, No Movie For You

I started writing a post the other day about a crowdsourcing fundraiser for a movie starring washed-up Hollywood has-beens Kevin Sorbo and Stacey Dash about Mariam Ibrahim when I noticed that the fundraiser had been canceled. Turns out it was canceled because Ibrahim herself denounced it, saying she was never consulted about it.

Just one day after The Christian Post reported that a film entitled “I Am A Christian” about persecuted Sudanese Christian Mariam Ibraheem was planned for production, the team behind the project starring Stacey Dash has cancelled a $500,000 campaign that was launched to crowdfund it.

The campaign was scrapped after Ibraheem and her husband, Daniel Wani, came forward to publicly denounce the film, because they had not given Christian Lives Matter, LLC, the newly-formed company responsible for “I Am A Christian,” rights to tell their story. The couple in fact only learned Tuesday through news reports that the project was being pursued without their permission.

“It’s terrible. … It’s not right,” Wani told CP over the phone Wednesday. He expressed concern about filmmakers attempting to tell his family’s dramatic story of persecution based solely on media reports and without his and Ibraheem’s first-person accounts…

“We have decided to suspend the campaign, both because of the family’s request and honestly because it never picked up steam like we thought it would,” reads a statement attributed to producers of “I Am A Christian,” according to a public post on actor Kevin Sorbo’s Facebook page. Sorbo (“God’s Not Dead”) describes the message as a “follow up apology from the producers of the movie.”

The apology closes by adding: “We had hoped that this would be an Oscar worthy role for Stacey, and the first film in a long and loved series for Rachel, Ben, and Kevin. Obviously we as producers also wanted a hit, but we really did want something great for all of you too.”

Now that’s funny right there.

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  • dingojack

    ‘We all hoped to turn around the downward trajectory of our C grade (bordering on Z grade) careers, get lots of awards, cash, accolades/ media attention and, most importantly, stick it in the eye of those people who said we were all difficult to work with, greedy, selfish, manipulative, talentless nobodies —

    (oh, an as a incidental by-product of our ruthless exploiting, bending and creating of your real life experience to fit our own agenda you might just get a couple of crumbs from the table too – maybe)!’

    Ah the monumental humility of the Fundie!

    Dingo

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    The campaign was scrapped after Ibraheem and her husband, Daniel Wani, came forward to publicly denounce the film, because they had not given Christian Lives Matter, LLC, the newly-formed company responsible for “I Am A Christian,” rights to tell their story.

    But don’t Ibraheem and Wani realize that CLM and involved with this movie are, right this very second, being persecuted for their Christian beliefs just like they were? Having the rights shouldn’t matter because CLM are living the exact same persecution, so really it’s just as much the story of Dash and Sorbo and all at CLM as it is theirs.

  • marcus

    “Christian Lives Matter” Really? Is there nothing that these assholes won’t appropriate for their own idiotic purposes.

    It is the religious equivalent of the MRA’s, “Hey, men are discriminated against too!!111!!1! Misandry!1!1!” bullshit.

  • Hoosier X

    It’s terrible. … It’s not right.

    I’m assuming Mariam Ibraheem and her husband saw “God’s Not Dead” before making a decision.

  • arakasi

    The producer’s statement really does imply that if the crowdfunding had been going well, they would have gone through with making the movie, despite the objection

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    We had hoped that this would be an Oscar worthy role for Stacey

    BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    We had hoped that this would be an Oscar worthy role for Stacey, and the first film in a long and loved series for Rachel, Ben, and Kevin. Obviously we as producers also wanted a hit, but we really did want something great for all of you too.

    So of course it was all about them. And it’s nice to know (not really) that Christianwood is no different than Hollywood when it comes to casting much lighter skinned women of colour to play real life women with much darker skin.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Those two Christians should be honored — CP are treating their story exactly like they treat the Bible!

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    Sorbo the Creak, the screeching of the door that hits him on the behind as he leaves hollyweird.

    Stacey Dash, the dash of the tour bus she will work on next, pointing out the homes of the stars.

    Their careers have sunk so low that that can’t even get roles in Steven Seagal’s mafia-funded movies. It couldn’t happen to more deserving people.