Scarlett Johansson retorts to criticism for playing transgender role

Scarlett Johansson fires back at criticism for playing transgender person in Rub & Tug

Scarlett Johansson's team was quick to fire back at flak the actress was receiving as she's primed to play a transgender man in Rupert Sanders' upcoming drama, Rub & Tug.

Asked about the blowback to news of the 33-year-old actress playing the role, her reps noted three prominent performers who have been critically-acclaimed for their turns onscreen as transgender characters.

'Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman‘s reps for comment,' her reps said, citing their work in the projects Transparent, Dallas Buyers Club and Transamerica, respectively.

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Answering back: Reps for Scarlett Johansson, 33, team were quick to fire back at flak the actress was receiving as she's primed to play a transgender male in Rupert Sanders' upcoming drama, Rub & Tug; seen in June 2017

Answering back: Reps for Scarlett Johansson, 33, team were quick to fire back at flak the actress was receiving as she's primed to play a transgender male in Rupert Sanders' upcoming drama, Rub & Tug; seen in June 2017

The 33-year-old beauty in the upcoming film, which is based on a true story, plays the role of Jean Marie Gill, a person who was born female and transitioned to a male named Dante 'Tex' Gill, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gill worked in the gritty business of prostitution and massage parlors in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1970s and 1980s.

After the New York City native's latest casting was announced, a number of Twitter users voiced their displeasure with the selection.  

Bad example? One critic cited Transparent's Jeffrey Tambor as a poor example amid his exit from the series
Golden: Jared Leto won an Oscar for his work in Dallas Buyers Club
Revered: Felicity Huffman starred in the comedy Transamerica

Precedent: Reps for the star said of critics, 'Tell them that they can be directed to (L-R) Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman‘s reps for comment,' referencing other performers to play transgender characters 

Some fans cited the controversy caused by her casting in 2016's Ghost in the Shell to a role many felt should have been awarded to an Asian actress based on the source material.

One user asked, 'So does scarlett johansson just have a bucket list of inappropriate identities she's working through portraying, or...'

Another said, '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.'

Not well-received: Many people took to Twitter to slam the star for taking the role 

Not well-received: Many people took to Twitter to slam the star for taking the role 

Comic-writer Riley Silverman took exception to Johansson's team trying to make their point by mentioning Tambor, who was among the powerful men in Hollywood fired from a high-profile job after he was accused of sexually harassing a co-worker on the set of his Amazon hit Transparent.

'The f*****g hubris of invoking Tambor with this response when he was literally fired from playing a trans woman for sexually harassing several of us,' Silverman said. 'Way to really underline that you openly disdain the community you’re happy to portray for prestige ScarJo.'

Other notable names to commandeer roles as transgender people include Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn in Boys Don't Cry, Chloe Sevigny in the English miniseries Hit & Miss and Rebecca Romijn on the TV series Ugly Betty. 

Star: The 33-year-old beauty in the upcoming film, which is based on a true story, plays the role of Jean Marie Gill, a person who was born female and transitioned to a male named Dante 'Tex' Gill, according to The Hollywood Reporter ; seen in April

Star: The 33-year-old beauty in the upcoming film, which is based on a true story, plays the role of Jean Marie Gill, a person who was born female and transitioned to a male named Dante 'Tex' Gill, according to The Hollywood Reporter ; seen in April

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