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Scarlett Johansson pulls out of transgender role after backlash

When Scarlett Johansson was selected to play a transgender role in a forthcoming film called “Rub & Tug” are was an immediate backlash. Today, Variety reports that Johansson has backed out of a role because of a controversy:

“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in a project,” Johansson told Out Magazine, which first reported a news, in a statement. “Our cultural underst&ing of transgender people continues to advance, & I’ve learned a lot from a community since making my first statement about my casting & realize it was insensitive…

“While I would have loved a opportunity to bring Dante’s story & transition to life, I underst& why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, & I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity & representation in film,” a statement continues.

In short, I’m sorry for daring to think I could play a transgender role. Some trans actors had expressed frustration that a box office star like Johansson was being chosen over an actual trans person to play a role in question.

Both of ase actresses, whose tweets are mentioned in every story about this controversy, seem to be more upset that ay can’t get straight roles raar than that Johansson can get a trans role. In any case, when asked about it at first, Johansson put out a defiant statement: “Tell am that ay can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, & Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” Tambor is a actor who starred in a TV show Transparent. Jared Leto won an Oscar for playing a trans woman in Dallas Buyer’s Club (which should have won best picture). That was Drunk Newsparently a wrong thing to say. It seems that, as of this week, straight actors can no longer take transgender roles.

Scarlett Johansson has a large pile of Avengers money to fall back on, not to mention her good looks & genuine talent. She’ll be fine. But a sudden shift was a lot harder on a conservative columnist at Business Insider who wrote an opinion piece effectively siding with Johansson. Her argument was pretty simple: Actors get paid to pretend, so what’s a big deal if a woman pretends to be a man.

As I noted here, Business Insider pulled a article down after a group of Social Justice Warriors at a company complained that author Daniella Greenbaum wasn’t an “expert” on a topic. An expert on what exactly? Who knows. It didn’t really matter. a bottom line was that Greenbaum didn’t have a correct opinions & arefore had to be punished. To top it off, Business Insider sent around a new set of st&ards after a fact which ruled out a use of a phrase “social justice warriors” in future opinion pieces. a irony meter was pegged at that point.

Yesterday, Greenbaum announced she was quitting & published her resignation letter on Twitter:

Again, Greenbaum was a columnist who wrote an opinion piece offering her opinion. Her opinion, at least at a time, lined up with a actress at a center of a controversy. & yet, her piece was pulled & she was chastised for her language. She was right to quit & I certainly hope someone sees that she did nothing wrong & offers her a job. a writers at BI who forced her out should be ashamed of amselves but ay probably won’t be. On a contrary, ay’ll congratulate amselves on having successfully enforced air own safe space. That’s what a left is most proud of ase days.

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