Fresh off the success of the newest Avengers movie Scarlett Johansson is gearing up for a new film role.
It’s a first for her, she will be playing a role based on the life of Dante "Tex" Gill, a transgendered man who owned massage parlours in Pittsburgh in the 1970s and 80s that the police saw as little more than brothels.
But the internet is not happy with the decision to cast Johansson in the role.
A lot of people have come out against the decision to cast Johansson on Twitter for a variety of reasons.
The most common one is that many are unhappy that a trans actor wasn't given the role instead.
there are literally so many trans actors that could’ve been cast in this role. why do we keep casting Scarlett Johansson in roles where she doesn’t fit the criteria? https://t.co/nnD7PKH5Gc— anthony amorim is lo:st (@AnthonyAmorim) July 3, 2018
You’re making a movie about a fat, Trans man who was a crime boss and Scarlett Johansson is the first name that comes to mind? Really? https://t.co/P3Vnb91HRp— @red3blog (@red3blog) July 3, 2018
We have to stop hiring non-trans actors to play trans characters. In my opinion, it's equally as traumatic & offensive as black-face. It also shows how lazy, unwoke, and complicit in transphobia you are. #CASTAUTHENTICALLY! https://t.co/3WW1cOzrEE— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) July 3, 2018
Scarlett Johansson is playing a trans man in her next movie because her ultimate career goal is to take an acting job from a member of each and every marginalized group.— Faith Choyce (@faithchoyce) July 3, 2018
Do you know how fucking disrespectful it is that Scarlett Johansson is playing a real trans person that existed. It’s disgusting and despicable and everyone involved in that production should be fucking ashamed.— ashley michael 🤖 (@ashleymvillers) July 4, 2018
Hire. Trans. Men. To. Play. Trans. Men.
Johansson was previously critisized for her role in the 2017 movie Ghost In The Shell, where she played a character that was originally written as Asian.
Remember when Scarlett Johansson played an Asian character in Ghost in the Shell and then used white feminism as an excuse to keep the role?— Hanna Ines Flint (@HannaFlint) July 3, 2018
However, not everyone is criticizing Johansson for accepting the role.
Scarlett Johansson can play any character, I don't care. If she plays a trans man, fine. As a trans person myself (female to male) I have no problem with it. Leave her be, guys, it's just a film role. #ScarlettJohansson— Basil (@RazzberryBaz) July 4, 2018
Why are people getting mad over Scarlett Johansson playing someone who's transgender?— KAL6 (@_KAL6_) July 3, 2018
I don't understand that at all, she doesn't have to be transgender to portray a transgender person, just like how she doesn't have to be a secret agent to play Black Widow.
But the voices of support are really in the minority here, most people are just pissed off.
Scarlett Johansson is whack and she’s been cancelled, next case.— woke af (@decafmari_) July 4, 2018