LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Scarlett Johansson has stop an upcoming film position as a transgender prison following an indignant backlash in opposition to her casting, she revealed in an interview reported broadly in US media on Friday (July 13).
The actress was to have taken the lead half in Rub And Tug, the story of Dante “Tex” Gill, a therapeutic massage parlour operator and pimp who turned a serious crime determine within the 1970s and 1980s.
Born Lois Jean Gill, he recognized as male.
“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,” the 33-year-old advised Out Magazine.
“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 realise it was insensitive.”
When Johansson’s casting was introduced, she and the venture have been berated on social media for not handing somebody from the group the chance, with transgender actresses Trace Lysette and Jamie Clayton main the cost.
Johansson’s representatives didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, however have beforehand launched an announcement declaring that Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman have all made successes of transgender roles.
“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,” Johansson added.
The actress cited figures from GLAAD – previously the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – displaying LGBTQ characters dropped 40 per cent in 2017 from the earlier 12 months, with no transgender characters in main studio releases.
There was no quick phrase on the impact of Johansson’s exit on the manufacturing schedule for Rub And Tug.
Members of the web transgender group have been largely supportive, praising the actress for making a stand however highlighting the lengthy path to equality that should nonetheless be negotiated.
“Thank you Scarlett Johansson for pulling out of Rub And Tug… Now the real work begins,” tweeted civil rights activist and media character Ashlee Marie Preston.
“This has been a long time coming Hollywood. But the trans community is ready if you are.”