Scarlett Johansson Has ‘Decided to Respectfully Withdraw’ From Trans Man’s Biopic

After some serious backlash, Scarlett Johansson will no longer star as transgender man Dante “Tex” Gill in the biopic Rub & Tug.

“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,” begins Johansson’s statement to Out Magazine. “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. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”

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44 thoughts on “Scarlett Johansson Has ‘Decided to Respectfully Withdraw’ From Trans Man’s Biopic

  1. NOW THAT FILM WILL BE SHIT, GOODJOB YOU FUCKING GIMP. Am bi but now am thinking fuck trans people, even ones ive met (bar 1 cd)have this shit sjw attitude.. stfu ya make it worse on yourselves for being dumb moany bitches

  2. Define respectfully. It seems like she was bullied to quit this role. And now the movie is potentially cancelled (they probably realize without a well known actress they will not be making a profit,after all this is business)

  3. I'm confused, when did this become an issue…plenty of movie/shows have been made with cis actors playing trans characters. Boys Don't Cry, The Danish Girl, Transparent etc. Isn't the point of being an actor to pretend to be someone you're not?

  4. There are many actors who, because of prejudice or discomfort, wouldn't play a trans or homosexual role. That Scarlett Johansson would accept a role as a trans person suggests that she is respectful of trans people. So it seems counterproductive to force her to quit. It is also difficult to believe she gave up the role without some irritation but, of course, she could not have expressed this without risking a backlash. Like the artist who painted a sympathetic depiction of a black man but was blacklisted because she wasn't black herself. It's goes by the Orwellian phrase "cultural approbation". It amazes me that people from minority groups take so much effort to antagonize the very people who support them in very meaningful ways. It is counterproductive.

  5. this is crazy… want the audience who is watching you playing a womans role to imagine you DONT have a dick? This is beyond PC, this is delusional. We are gonna know. You really believe Juliet in Romeo and Juliet can be played by a trans woman? Or Gwyneth Paltrow's character in Shakespear in Love?

  6. Why? Why does it have to be a transgender person. We understand that roles for transgender people have been limited…but to take away the role from someone who has championed all peoples rights and liberties is just as unfair. We want all the doors to be open now…I get it but to use Transgender bias as a key to casting roles is simply reverse discrimination. Equality

  7. There was nothing wrong with Scott Johannson playing a dude nobody had a problem when Jared Leto played a woman he was very good by the way Jeffrey Tambor who also played woman and Hilary Swank who played a dude. I think hilary was best

  8. They just dropped the one reason anyone would have given this movie a shot in the first place. Scarlett’s name alone would have generated decent ticket sales. Now in order to make trans feel better about themselves they blew the only chance of this movie succeeding.

  9. I remember when Nicole Kidman stole an acting role for some big nosed ugly actor, I was outraged. And don't get me started on Charlize Theron, stealing roles from used up serial killing lesbian hookers who sleep with men for cash, which is really just stealing hooking jobs from hetereosexual hookers.
    Oh the outrage, the indignity, of any actor who dares to pretend to be anything other than what they are born as.
    Of course ScarJo could have a genetic predisposition to pretending to be transgendered, thus, it is even more hateful to deny her that which she is born to be.

  10. What a joke! Can't believe they bullied Scarlett Johansson out of a job, while they cry about being bullied.
    Total hypocrisy. Can gays play straight roles? Can a man play a woman? A man in real life can dress up like a woman, but a female actor dare not dress up like a man for a movie role… this is what transgendered people call tolerance for themselves and none for anybody else.
    I think the role should be open for whichever actor plays it the best as viewed from the story line and director's vision.
    It's called acting, which is playing a role different than the one you identify with as being yourself.

  11. LGBT needs to sit down and shut the hell up. Always crybabies when they don't get what they want. But if a not straight person plays a straight role (which has happened) nobody gives a damn. Tired of these double standards that don't apply to these homos because they "don't have enough representation" it's a damn movie, get over it.

  12. This isn't some 21st century version of Black Face and why not ask Hillary Swank return her Oscar for Boy's Don't Cry while your at it. Johansson had nothing to apologize for because if this is the new standard she better have Breast Cancer if her next character is fighting it on screen…..

  13. Please that movie is going to be trash with out her, fuck all the trans who is going against her playing the role. Yall just hating because yall not good actors, name one great trans actor? None

  14. Oh the comments. Look I’m not an SJW (label me as that, but if you knew my politics, you’d know that’s incorrect), but people saying the trans community is being hypocritical aren’t understanding the nuances of the issue. I will say the actors comments on the videos are doing that perception problem no favors as they sound like entitled whiners, but this is not the truth of the issue. Trans people have been invisible and marginalized for a long time, and only recently have they begun to make strides towards public consciousness, media included. This is important because media awareness leads to overall empathy and understanding, which leads to social and political change (see Civil Rights and Gay Marriage). Now it’s great someone wants to tell their story, but if it takes away potential work from someone of that group, which can also provide an avenue of more empathy and consciousness, by casting an actual trans person, than that’s something to not make light of. This is precisely because the opportunities for trans persons across the board in media have been limited. So it’s not hypocritical, it’s a very false equivalency, to say trans people can’t both want opportunities to play their own representation and opportunities to play anything else in media. They just want to be visible. Now, again, I do not condone social media outrage and whining that get your way. It’s too bad that’s what made ScarJo step down, instead to just declining the role in the first place, or making a point to stand by her original decision for better or worse, but I think the overall direction the story points to is valid.

  15. When you break this down, it has to do with being white. If she was a sister, or other minority, nothing would be said. We have a black zues now. That kinda pissed me off. I love ancient Greek religion.

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