Entertainment Scarlett Johansson Responds To Backlash For Being Cast As Trans Man In ‘Rub & Tug’

10:01  04 july  2018
10:01  04 july  2018 Source:   deadline.com

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Scarlett Johansson received considerable backlash for Ghost in the Shell, when she played a whitewashed Asian character. The movie tanked. Undeterred, she has teamed up WITH THE SAME DIRECTOR to play a trans male character in Rub & Tug .

Scarlett Johannson responds to Rub & Tug casting backlash after it was announced yesterday that the actress would Scarlett Johansson Issues Statement About Rub & Tug Casting Backlash . Tambor, Leto, and Huffman have all previously played trans women on film and television.

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Actress Scarlett Johansson is in hot water once again for her recent choice to play massage parlour owner Dante “Tex” Gill in the upcoming mob drama Rub & Tug. The real-life Gill was born as Lois Jean Gill, but identified as a man — which is a detail in the role that has sparked backlash.

April Reign, who is known for the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, tweeted about the news: “Scarlett Johansson received considerable backlash for Ghost in the Shell, when she played a whitewashed Asian character. The movie tanked. Undeterred, she has teamed up WITH THE SAME DIRECTOR to play a trans male character in Rub & Tug.”

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Scarlett Johansson is facing controversy for taking a role as a trans man in ' Rub & Tug ', from 'Ghost in the Shell' director Rupert Sanders. When word of the controversy reached Johansson , her rep responded to Bustle as follows

Scarlett Johansson criticised for being cast as transgender man – and her response to backlash doesn’t help. Emma KellyWednesday 4 Jul 2018 7:42 am . Share this article via facebook Share this article via twitter Share this article via google Share this article via whatsapp. Share this with.

Scarlett Johansson posing for the camera © Baron/REX/Shutterstock Reign’s tweet also includes a statement from Johansson via her representative that was featured on Bustle which addressed the backlash — in her own special way. She said: “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”

Deadline broke the news that Johansson would be re-teaming with director Rupert Sanders for Rub & Tug. The two previously worked together on the adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, another movie which was the center of controversy as many saw Johansson’s role as the film’s version of the film’s lead Major Motoko Kusanagi as a form of whitewashing of a character that is seen as Asian. In the case of Rub & Tug, she is being called out for “transface” as one person on Twitter commented. Another said this is a case of “ciswashing.”

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Scarlett Johansson has been working in Hollywood since 1994; 24 years That execs not only cast Johansson in this role, but also did not research the character sufficiently enough Per Deadline, Rub & Tug ’s “emotional core” will come from Gill’s relationship with his girlfriend, Cynthia — according to

Scarlett Johansson 's team was quick to fire back at flak the actress was receiving as she's primed to play a transgender man in Rupert Sanders' upcoming drama, Rub & Tug . Asked about the blowback to news of the 33-year-old actress playing the role

People are not being shy about calling out Johansson for playing a trans man since this can be considered her second offense when it comes to appropriating — in this case its not cultural, it’s gender identity.

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