News

Scarlett Johansson responds to backlash for the new transgender movie role

Scarlett Johansson addresses of the response they received from critics on its new transgender movie role.

(Reuters)

Scarlett Johansson has responded to critics after facing a backlash for announcing that they are to portray a transgender character in an upcoming film project.

After the news broke that the actress is scheduled to play a transgender person in the film “Rub & Tug,” critics immediately flocked to Twitter to their disapproval of Johannson’s new role.

Literally the LEAST you can do when making a film about trans people is to cast a trans person in the role that was written for them. Scarlett Johansson needs to stop naievely choosing roles, and studios need to do better.

— Derek the Abolition of ICE cream Sherry ? (@NotKyleSherry) July 4, 2018

No offense to Scarlett Johansson, but there are a lot of beautiful trans women in the world, and I MEAN a LOT…so ask Hollywood to look for!

— Tshepi Makhatha (@TshepiMakhatha) July 4, 2018

Dear #ScarlettJohansson, the way you can make use of your right as a white cis woman is to strengthen the voice of underrepresented communities, do not speak for them.

— Elise Bauman (@baumanelise) July 4, 2018

Although some defended her choice to take on the controversial role.

Why is everyone mad that #ScarlettJohansson is playing a trans character? Yes I understand that the lgbt community would prefer a trans character play a trans, but by that logic, says, gays can only play gay or straight, only straight, so on. She is a good actress..(1/2)

— Vince Cardieri (@VinceCardieri) July 4, 2018

#ScarlettJohansson you All idiots bashing on Scarlett Johansson for portraying a transgender man in a movie even though she is cis:
This is not a documentary. This is a movie. She is not transgender in real life, she is acting as one. That is what the ACTORS do.

— menaka (@xerohy) July 4, 2018

After the criticism, Johansson released a statement obtained by the hustle and Bustle, through a rep, which read: “Say unto them that they may be addressed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”

Johansson’s comment referred to other actors and actresses that are widely praised for their portrayals as transgender characters in the past few years.

In 2000, Hilary Swank won the Oscar for playing a woman passing for a man in the hit film “Boys Don’t Cry”, and five years later, Felicity Huffman portrayed a transgender man in the movie “Transamerica.”

Later in 2014, Jared Leto won the Oscar for his performance as a transgender woman dying of AIDS in “the Dallas Buyer” s Club,” while Eddie Redmayne was nominated for his role as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in ‘ The Danish Girl.”

According to Bustle, “Rub & Tug” tells the story of a transgender man, Dante “Tex” Gill, played by Johansson, who is the owner of a massage parlor in Pittsburgh’s underground sex industry in the 1970s.

But this is not the first time that the actress is under investigation for her film roles. Back in 2015, Johansson the role of an Asian character, and was accused of white-washing of the movie “Ghost In The Shell.” The movie, which was based on a Japanese manga character, led to a petition to recast her in the role.

Johansson directed the play in 2017, in an interview with Maire Claire said that she “certainly would never claim to play a different breed of a person.”

“Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that is offensive,” she said before defending her decision to star in the film. “Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist riding it is a rare occasion. Sure, I feel the enormous pressure that the weight of such a large building on my shoulders.”

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular