Scarlett Johansson has decided to back out from essaying the role of a trans man in her forthcoming film and Twitter users have a newfound respect for the actress. The 33-year-old actress was roped in for the film Rub & Tug which courted a huge controversy as transgender actors in the industry opposed it.

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On Saturday, the actress issued a statement saying she has “decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project’.After her statement was out, impressed by her decision Tweeple flooded the microblogging sites with tweets praising the actress”. Check out what they had to say.

In the statement published on, Johansson said, “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.”

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Rub & Tug is Rupert Sanders-directed mob drama, in which Scarlett Johansson was to portray Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who owns a Pittsburgh massage parlour.