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Scarlett Johansson Responds to Controversy Over Playing a Transgender Man in The Movie Rub & Tug

Scarlett Johansson is in the middle of another controversy following reports that she will play a transgender man in the upcoming feature film Rub & Tug.

The actress was previously criticized over her casting in Ghost in the Shell, a role that the Asian-community lambasted as whitewashing, and critics argued could have gone to an Asian actor. Now, transactors are speaking out against the casting.

Trans actress Trace Lysette said on Twitter: “Not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived.”

In response to the online backlash, Johansson’s representatives later responded with a statement: “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” Those listed have played trans characters and received great praise in the film industry – Leto even won an Academy Award in his portrayal on Dallas Buyers Club. However, some are upset that a transactor can not have a leading role in a movie about a transgender man.

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