After Dismissing Critics, Scarlett Johansson Quits Transgender Film ‘Rub & Tug’

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of the transgender film “Rub & Tug” after dismissing critics who said she should not play a transgender male character.

Johansson originally dismissed her critics on July 4, noted Teen Vogue: “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman‘s reps for comment.”

Johansson flip-flopped in a statement to Out Magazine on July 13:

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.

I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.

According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release.

While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.

I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries.

We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.

(Sources: Teen VogueOut Magazine, Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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