People are furious at Scarlett Johansson for playing a trans man in a new film
4 July 2018, 12:17 | Updated: 19 November 2018, 14:55
Sis, this is not a good look.
Scarlett Johansson latest casting as a transgender man in the film Rub & Tug has not gone down well with the internet and she's insisting that it's not problematic for her to play the role.
Rub & Tug tells the story of a transgender man, Dante “Tex” Gill, who owned a massage parlour in Pittsburgh’s underground sex industry in the 1970s. Many are questioning why Scarlett was cast in the role instead of a trans actor. When there is such low representation of trans actors, and even fewer opportunities to play trans characters, in the film industry many feel that her casting represents a missed opportunity to cast a trans actor.
Matters were made worse when a representative for Scarlett responded to the controversy with this statement to Bustle: "Tell them they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” Tambor, Leto and Huffman have all previously played trans characters in critically-acclaimed films and TV shows.
The internet is obviously outraged by the representative's comments and Scarlett's decision to accept the role, especially following the controversy that surrounded her casting in Ghost In A Shell, in which Scarlett played a character who was Japanese in the original comic book. Both Rub & Tug and Ghost In A Shell are directed by Rupert Sands.
scarlett johansson is gonna work with the ghost in the shell director AGAIN but this time she’s gonna play a trans man pic.twitter.com/G9BrZLbedF— maría (@brujasescarlata) July 3, 2018
On playing a trans man in her new film, Scarlett Johansson sounds dumb as hell pic.twitter.com/5ycags4iR8— Ira (@ira) July 4, 2018
Scarlett Johansson is playing a trans man in her next movie because her ultimate career goal is to take an acting job from a member of each and every marginalized group.— Faith Choyce (@faithchoyce) July 3, 2018
Actors who are trans never even get to audition FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN ROLES OF TRANS CHARACTERS. THATS THE REAL ISSUE. WE CANT EVEN GET IN THE ROOM. Cast actors WHO ARE TRANS as NON TRANS CHARACTERS. I DARE YOU #RupertSanders @NewRegency #ScarlettJohansson https://t.co/RkrW8MeGcG— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) July 4, 2018
Here's how this will go down:— Magdalene Visaggio, Immaterial Girl (@MagsVisaggs) July 3, 2018
Trans people will object. The director will stand by their casting choice, saying "ScarJo is the best for the role. But Im glad we're having this conversation." Then nothing will change.
Same as always.https://t.co/RnZAeEQZnk
What’s next? Is Scarlett Johansson going to play Barack Obama?— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 4, 2018
I mean...at this rate she might?