Scarlett Johansson Under Fire For Taking Transgender Role In Movie
People are not happy that Scarlett Johansson is playing a transgender man in her upcoming movie because they think the part should have gone to someone who’s actually transgender.
She’s playing a real-life character. She’s been been cast in the drama “Rub & Tug”as Dante “Tex” Gill, who owned a massage parlour in 1970s Pittsburgh. Gill was born a woman, but dressed like a man, had short hair and sideburns and preferred being called “Mr. Gill.”
Social media users condemned Johansson for accepting the role in the first place, especially considering the conversations currently going on around transgender people and diversity casting.
Scarlett’s publicist pointed out she’s not the first non-trans actor to play one . . . Quote, “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”
Over the years, multiple actors have played trans characters, including Hilary Swank in 2000’s Boys Don’t Cry, Huffman in 2005’s Transamerica and Leto in his Oscar-winning Dallas Buyer’s Club role. On TV, Tambor played a trans woman on Transparent.
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