Seriously? OMG! WTF? » Scarlett Johansson will not be playing a transgender man afterall
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[ # ] Scarlett Johansson will not be playing a transgender man afterall
July 13th, 2018 under Scarlett Johannsson

A few weeks after Scarlett Johansson was criticized for playing a transgender man, she released a statement to Out saying she quit her role in Rub & Tug.

“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.”

It is not like she has played a role that is different than who she was born as before. Oh wait, that is right, she played an Asain woman in Ghost in the Shell. She needs to stick to play characters like herself, an unlikable person.


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