Scarlett Johansson Faces Backlash for Playing a Transgender Man in New Film

On Monday, Deadline broke the information that New Regency won an auction for Rub Tug, a movie based upon the true story of Dante “Tex” Gill, that prospered in Pittsburgh’s 1970s as well as 1980s massage therapy shop as well as prostitution organization.

Johansson has actually been cast as Gill, a transgender man that was birthed as Lois Jean Gill.

A year after Scarlett Johansson as well as supervisor Rupert Sanders landed in warm water over their Ghost in the Shell adjustment, the pair are facing backlash once again for their newest job.

Reaction quickly emerged at the concept that Johansson, a cisgender female, would certainly represent a transgender male, especially after both she as well as Sanders received so much reaction for the whitewashing in Ghost in the Shell. Gill really publicly lived as a guy; ScreenCrush revealed several little bits from his obituary that highlighted this, including the reality that Gill “insisted he was a guy” who wanted to be called “Mr. Gill.”

To additionally contention, when asked to talk about the reaction to her duty in Rub Tug, Johansson’s representative told Bustle, “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s representatives for remark.” The flippant response totally overlooks the truth that while, yes, cisgender actors have actually played transgender functions and got excellent praise (as well as prominent awards), they’ve also faced enormous reaction since this develops less possibilities for trans stars.

The online neighborhood has actually not been reluctant about addressing the debate, because this would certainly be strike 2 against Johansson as well as Sanders when it comes to appropriating identification.

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