Amid Backlash, Scarlett Johansson Drops Transgender Role

Amid Backlash, Scarlett Johansson Drops Transgender Role

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Scarlett Johansson introduced on Friday she is dropping out of the starring position in Rub & Tug, a movie a few transgender man who ran an in depth prostitution ring through the 1970s and '80s. Jordan Strauss/Invision cover caption

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Scarlett Johansson introduced on Friday she is dropping out of the starring position in Rub & Tug, a movie a few transgender man who ran an in depth prostitution ring through the 1970s and '80s.

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After an onslaught of criticism over the previous week, actress Scarlett Johansson introduced on Friday she can be pulling out of the starring position in Rub & Tug, a movie based mostly on the true story of a transgender man who ran a hoop of prostitution fronts.

"In mild of current moral questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I've determined to respectfully withdraw my participation within the undertaking," Johansson stated in a statement to Out.com.

"Our cultural understanding of transgender individuals continues to advance, and I've discovered rather a lot from the group since making my first assertion about my casting and understand it was insensitive," the actress added.

She lamented turning down the starring position however acknowledged it has served as a catalyst for a broader dialog about transgender actors in Hollywood. "Whereas I might have beloved the chance to convey Dante's story and transition to life, I perceive why many really feel he must be portrayed by a transgender individual, and I'm grateful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a bigger dialog about variety and illustration in movie," she stated.

Johansson's casting was revealed on July 2 and was instantly greeted by backlash from transgender advocates and actors, demanding the position be recast with a transgender lead.

Actress Hint Lysette aired her frustrations in a string of tweets, writing, "Not solely do you play us and steal our narrative and our alternative however you pat yourselves on the again with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we now have lived."

Following the preliminary hostile reception, Johansson had defended the casting by noting a number of well-known cisgender individuals had gained prime prizes for previous performances.

Cisgender is the time period for individuals whose gender id matches the intercourse that they have been assigned at delivery.

"Inform them that they are often directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for remark," her representatives told Bustle in a statement.

Tambor, Leto and Huffman all performed transgender characters in Clear, Dallas Consumers Membership and Transamerica, respectively.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis responded on Twitter to Johansson's Friday determination, calling it and the collective social media outcry "recreation changers for the way forward for transgender photographs in Hollywood."

"Hollywood modified how People perceive homosexual and lesbian lives, and TV is beginning to do the identical for transgender individuals with genuine transgender portrayals being main hits with critics and audiences. The movie business has an actual alternative to do the identical," she wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Deadline reported Johansson is a producer on the $30 million movie, which is "a co-production between Silver Footage, [Tobey] Maguire's Materials Footage and Johansson's These Footage banners." Rupert Sanders is directing.

That is the second time the actress and Sanders have come underneath hearth over controversial casting. Sanders forged Johansson as an Asian lady in 2017's Ghost Within the Shell.

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