Scarlett Johansson in ‘Rub and Tug’ drops out of transgender role, after negative reactions

After huge criticism, Scarlett Johansson is no longer playing the role of a transgender in the forthcoming film ‘Rub and Tug’.

Johansson had to answer multiple disappointing questions after taking a real-life transgender role cast as Dante ‘Tex’ Gill. Therefore, she took the decision of withdrawing her participation from the film with total respect. Scarlett said that community accepting transgender people are still rigid and backward and opting for such a role she had learned a lot from the community. After making her first statement in public regarding her casting, she realized it was insensate.

Scarlett was cast in the film ‘Rub and Tug’ as Dante “Tex” Gill. She was born women in the film but people identified her as men, a real-life crime player. Her role incensed queer activists and many transgender actors, who argued that there was a real-life transgender actor to get casted in the film instead of her.

Scarlett decision to withdraw her participation from this film was celebrated by a transgender actor and writer, Jen Richards. Richards even appreciated her positivity to listen to the feedback from the public. Even Richards in a tweet wrote to Scarlett, “Well done”.

Rupert Sanders’ film is based on a fact of portraying prostitution in the 1970’s and 1980s. Gill, born Lois Jean Gill, lead a prostitution channel through her Pittsburgh’s massage parlor.

Johansson said that she always had a great admiration for the community of transgender and would have loved to play the role in Dante’s story. But to avoid controversies she back stood from such casting but still appreciates the initiative of the producer.

While many argue upon women right taking up a transgender role in films and many criticise such decision of casting women in such a sensitive role.

Gill’s cousin, Barry Paris was also disappointed as he wanted a man to play the role instead of any women because Gill is mostly identified as a man. He further said that Gill would have also enjoyed a transgender man playing his role but during that time it was something rear. Gill already died at the age of 73 in the year 2003.

While sharing her opinion with media, Scarlett also concentrates on statistics by initiating a downfall in LGBT representation and characters in most of the films.

Scarlett further said that as per the report, one-fourth of the characters dropped in 2017 compared to that of 2016, without casting of transgender in the most studio release. She continues that the production company with this initiative wanted to entertain and push boundaries among the public. She even looks forward to working with every community to project most important and sensitive stories to audience globally.

by Chandrani Sarkar on July 19, 2018

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