Remember Nicole Scherzinger? The ex-frontwoman of The Pussycat Dolls, the burlesque-musical act, who brought us hits like “Don’t Cha,” “Buttons,” and that other version of “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire? Well she is still out here working hard for the money, winning Dancing with the Stars, starring in the West End revival of Cats, scoring a role in Moana, and overall, showing fellow Who queen Rita Ora how it’s really done. And, apparently, she’s now sharing her extremely questionable opinions about abortion.
Scherzinger has been cast as Penny Johnson, Johnny’s original dance partner, in the upcoming ABC remake of Dirty Dancing, which, hell yeah, let’s get some people of color in there! But apparently Scherzinger almost didn’t take the role because the character has an abortion in the movie, and Scherzinger, whose grandfather is a Catholic preacher, is pro-life.
Scherzinger told the Daily Mail:
“[It] was like a crazy thing because, my family, my Papa’s a Bishop and my family’s really hardcore against abortion. So I got the role and I almost didn’t take it because I didn’t want to promote abortion, because my character has an abortion.”
I mean, honestly, if that’s how she personally feels, sure! It’s not like she’s a lawmaker or some type of celebrity using her platform to oversimplify an often very complicated situation due to obsolete sexist traditions. Right? But it gets better:
“But I was like, hopefully they can learn from you know her ways and I can be a positive influence. My mum got pregnant with me when she was 17 and had me when she was 18. She chose. Her parents were never going to let her have an abortion. So I came out, so I just want to you know encourage everybody to keep your babies.”
Scherzinger said that, after her family prayed on it, they decided that, “maybe I could be a voice, that I could shed some light on the subject without being preachy.”
Again, unwanted pregnancies are a very difficult and very personal situation. But they’re only getting more difficult with our increasingly controlling and harmful abortion laws. On top of that, the character Penny in Dirty Dancing, gets scammed into having a horrifying, life-threatening “back-alley” abortion, leaving her in immense pain, so attempting to use that unnecessary suffering to scare people into not having abortions is ineffective at best and actively harmful at worst. If anything, Penny’s tragic storyline is more of an argument in support of affordable, accessible, women’s health care.
Also, “Keep your babies,” is pretty preachy. Just saying.