According to The Telegraph, Scarlett Johansson caused an “international backlash” when it was announced she would be playing the transgender prostitution ringleader Dante Gill in a film called Rub & Tug.
Evidently, there’s another unofficial new rule in our progressive times stating that only trans actors are allowed to play trans characters.
Initially, Johansson rejected the criticisms and even issued a statement noting that other non-trans actors have played trans characters, to critical acclaim no less.
But the criticisms persisted and the screams of transphobia eventually wore down the Mighty Avenger until she waved the white flag of surrender.
If these are indeed the new rules when it comes to gender and acting, they’re fine on one condition:
If trans roles are now exclusively for transgendered actors, then the reverse must also stand.