Rap legend Kurtis Blow isn’t the only one who’s unhappy with his mention/portrayal in the New Edition biopic.
R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw was a teen star in the 80s who had a string of hits, some with New Edition member Johnny Gill before he joined the group, and the two dated, as mentioned in the movie.
But what has Lattisaw and her family unhappy with the film is how the script portrayed her and her family in a quick mention.
In the film, Ralph Tresvant (actor Algee Smith) asks Gill (Luke James) why he and Lattisaw broke up, to which Gill points to the back of his hand, insinuating it was because of his darker complexion.
According to theJasmineBrand, Stacy’s brother, Jerry Lattisaw exclusively told them: “My mom don’t care about what color Johnny Gill is!!! If it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t be in New Edition period!!! She basically got him his first record deal…by the way, Stacy husband is brownskin too!!! How they gon’ put my motha out there like that! JG u still my brother tho!”
Stacy addressed the question on Twitter during the movie, denying it happened that way, as well:
Not at all. The truth will be revealed in time..! https://t.co/683Yno4C70
— Stacy Lattisaw (@StacyLattisaw) January 26, 2017
If that’s true, it’s definitely not cool for the film’s scriptwriters to insinuate colorism.