If Hollywood had stuck to what it’s all about (making movies) rather than playing politics, Scarlett Johansson might have just been able to play a role. You know, like actresses do in movies?
But, Hollywood is determined to play the part of political director so she’s now being smashed for taking a role as a transgender man. The film is based on the true story of Jean Marie Gil who was born a woman before identifying herself as a man. The movie’s called Rub & Tug. Yep.
Gender activists are furious. They believe the role should have been given to a transgender man and have accused Johansson of “stealing their narrative”.
Social media has been alight with criticism especially from LGBTQI folk who appear to also believe they should have ownership over all trans films. One tweeted, “If we had our own production company for #LGBTQ writers, actors, producers and others… And a management agency to help us… We’d alter the landscape of TV and movies.”
Indeed, but would anyone go to watch them?
Remember last year when Johansson was accused of “whitewashing” when she played a role as a Japanese character in Ghost in the Shell? If you thought that was enough to teach her how deep the diversity mob burns, you were incorrect. The caps are out in force and there are screeching cries of “how dare you?” ricocheting around the globe.
One fumed, “Literally the LEAST you could do when making a movie about trans people is to cast a trans person in the role that was written for them. Scarlett Johansson needs to stop naively choosing roles, and studios need to do better.”
Heaven forbid a famous face with huge popular pull at the ticket office is cast to raise as much awareness as possible and plant the issue firmly on the mainstream map.
One ranted, “What’s next? Is Scarlett Johansson going to play Barack Obama?”
While another stropped, “I cannot get over how selfish Scarlett Johansson is”. Ahh, equality — when one well-intentioned female actress gets slammed for trying to build an interesting career and use her profile for the common good.
Johansson’s rep responded to Bustle online magazine saying, “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” As if that’s going to help.
So, here we are: unwoke cross-gender casting faux pas is the new blackface. What a time to be alive.
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