Is she really that tone deaf!?
Scarlett Johansson is facing a barrage of controversy right now, after it was announced that the 'Avengers' actress would be starring in a new film.
Johansson will be starring in the lead role of 'Rub & Tug', a film focusing on the life of Dante 'Tex' Gill. Gill was born as a biological female named Jean-Marie, but identified as male.
The film finds Scarlett reuniting with 'Ghost in the Shell' director Rupert Sanders. It's also of note that there was massive controversy surrounding that film as well, amid cries of whitewashing.
Backlash to the casting announcement came quick, with many calling for a transgender actor to take on the role. When Scarlett's rep released a statement defending the choice, it didn't exactly settle the waters:
"Tell them they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."
Let's remember that Jeffrey Tambor was the star of 'Transparent', Felicity Huffman received an Oscar nomination for her role in 'Transamerica', and Jared Leto won his Oscar for his portrayal in 'Dallas Buyer's Club'.
Here's the problem with this statement:
Scarlett acts as though there was never controversy surrounding those roles either. There was backlash during all of it, and her response of calling back to these just comes across as arrogant and dismissive of people's concerns.
Prominent transgender actress Trace Lysette (who also stars in 'Transparent') said on Twitter about the casting:
Oh word?? So you can continue to play us but we can’t play y’all? Hollywood is so fucked... I wouldn’t be as upset if I was getting in the same rooms as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett for cis roles, but we know that’s not the case. A mess. https://t.co/s8gBlBI1Sw— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) July 4, 2018
'Sense8' transgender actress Jamie Clayton also spoke out:
Actors who are trans never even get to audition FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN ROLES OF TRANS CHARACTERS. THATS THE REAL ISSUE. WE CANT EVEN GET IN THE ROOM. Cast actors WHO ARE TRANS as NON TRANS CHARACTERS. I DARE YOU #RupertSanders @NewRegency #ScarlettJohansson https://t.co/RkrW8MeGcG— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) July 4, 2018
What do you guys make of the controversy?