Remember last year when Scarlett Johansson was supposed to be the main character in some movie in which she’d play a trans man? And there was all kinds of backlash and people were totally triggered because she’s obviously a regular woman and regular women can’t play trans men because that’s mean?
I think we even talked about how ridiculous that was on our show, in keeping with our routine discussions about how dumb political correctness is, and how actors’ jobs are to ACT, which means more often than not, they are portraying people unlike themselves.
The criticism was bad enough that ScarJo pulled out of the role entirely, and released this completely idiotic statement:
In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.
What was her original statement that was “insensitive?” Well, initially, when the backlash began, Scarlett pushed back, saying, “Tell them (critics) that they (negative comments) can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”
Ooooo SNAP. See what she did there? She listed a bunch of other regular people playing trans people in film/TV. And YES I am saying “regular” instead of using that completely made up “cis” word because I’m sick and tired of this tiny screamy whiny activist community demanding new words be mainstreamed all the time. Don’t like it? Don’t care. Call me whatever. Or do what Daisy always suggests:
In any case, if she had any shred of self-respect and courage, she would have stuck to her guns, but NOPE. She released that giant statement above about how much she’s learned about her insensitivity. Give me a break.
It wasn’t even the first time it had happened to her. The year before last, she was the female lead in Ghost in the Shell, which apparently was based on Japanese anime, which means once again, the naysayers didn’t think she was entitled to act in it. Because she’s not Japanese. And she’s not anime. Or something.
Now? She’s saying stuff, you guys. She just did an interview with As If Magazine, in which she opens up about her Actual Opinion about these casting hullabaloos.
You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job. There are a lot of social lines being drawn now, and a lot of political correctness is being reflected in art. You know, I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions.
It gets “uncomfortable,” you guys, when the level of progressiveness that now festers in our modern culture Actually Impacts the very people who encourage it. “Art should be free of restrictions!” Scarlett says.
Really? So restricting the speech and freedom of others to express themselves on social media, on campuses, etc. is totally fine, but DON’T MESS WITH HOLLYWOOD, y’all.
My favorite line from the interview? This one:
I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do.
Ok, ScarJo. Now go say that to Antifa. And to everyone who’s been banned or censored on social media for simply being conservative or not going along with liberal groupthink. Say it to the media the next time they call Trump supporters demonic. Say it to the people who harass, bully and threaten people for simply wearing MAGA hats.
I won’t hold my breath.
Side note: Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress in Hollywood, making over $40 million dollars between 2017 and 2018.
And now that word of her interview is coming out? Twitter is on fire once again: