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.
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.
I’m glad that trans voices were heard and I am so glad that #ScarlettJohansson took the road she should have taken and not accepted a role that should have been given to a trans actor. 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/oyl5xU49QY
— generation cuppy 💊 (@cupofwater03) July 13, 2018
Cheers to learning & growing! I hope you’re still producing the film Scarlett. What an incredible opportunity to put your words into action even further! YAS! Let’s get lunch and talk! #ScarlettJohansson https://t.co/rrLd6mDKDe
— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) July 13, 2018
Scarlett Johansson dropped out of the roll in #RubAndTug And while I think she she would have played the roll beautifully I appreciate her decision to do so based on the feedback from the trans community and their supporters. #ScarlettJohansson
— Komyar Nasseri (@KomyarNasseri) July 13, 2018
“it has never been ethically or politically justifiable for cis people to play trans roles. and as long as we live in a society where trans people see a fraction of the opportunities afforded to cis people, it will continue to be deeply unjust” —@1demerith https://t.co/y144eTn5EF
— Tyler Ford (@tywrent) July 4, 2018
Well done. Happy to see the updated response. The earlier statement was indeed insensitive. It is heartening to see that people can learn and change perspective on these issues. https://t.co/6CY9M9hNk1
— Iris van Rooij (@IrisVanRooij) July 13, 2018
This is an important moment for Hollywood. I absolutely applaud Scarlett Johansson’s statement. It is a brave and important move, and should be welcomed as such. The onus is now on the film-makers to think again, and hopefully they’ll find a trans star out there. 😀 https://t.co/kvOtazNPDU
— Annie Wallace (@anniewallace) July 13, 2018
In the statement published on out.com, 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.”
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.