If you follow Cher on Twitter, you know that Cher was passionate about bringing attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan that started back in April 2014. Cher’s twitter activism will soon be moving to a screen bigger than the one on your phone and will be longer than 140 characters. The Hollywood Reporter says Cher is starring in a Lifetime movie about the Flint water crisis.
Cher got involved in the Flint water crisis last year when she donated 181,440 bottles of water. Cher, Clean Water Warrior sounded like a movie just waiting to be made, but it won’t be called that or really be about Cher. THR says Flint will star Cher as a Flint resident whose family is hurt by the water crisis. Cher will serve on an executive producing team that includes Katie Couric.
This will be Cher’s second TV movie. She starred in the third part of HBO’s If These Walls Could Talk, and she got a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. If Flint were to be made by HBO, it would probably sweep the Golden Globes and the Emmys. But Flint is being made by Lifetime, which means it has a too-damn-high chance of being a gigantic low-budget mess. I can already hear Cher refusing to say “Schnap out of it, Michigan!”
Case in point, the shamefully bad Britney Spears biopic they’re working on. If the hair on “Justin Timberlake” looks like they threw a pile of rubber bands on his head, then I can only imagine what production value shenanigans we’ll get with Flint. Thankfully Cher is an executive producer, and she’s doing this for more than a paycheck. So at least she’ll be able to step in and turn things around when they start to get too Lifetime-y. “Why is the Flint River just a long pile of ratty old blue blankets and scarves? Good lord, do I have to donate supplies to Flint the movie too?”