2018-07-04 15:02:34 UTC
Actress Scarlett Johansson is in hot water once again for her recent choice to
play massage parlor owner Dante Tex Gill in the upcoming mob drama Rub & Tug.
The real-life Gill was born as Lois Jean Gill, but identified as a man which
is a detail in the role that has sparked backlash.
April Reign, who is known for the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, tweeted about the
news: Scarlett Johansson received considerable backlash for Ghost in the Shell,
when she played a whitewashed Asian character. The movie tanked. Undeterred, she
has teamed up WITH THE SAME DIRECTOR to play a trans male character in Rub &
Reigns tweet also includes a statement from Johansson via her representative
that was featured on Bustle which addressed the backlash in her own special
way. She said: Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared
Leto, and Felicity Huffmans reps for comment.
Deadline broke the news that Johansson would be re-teaming with director Rupert
Sanders for Rub & Tug. The two previously worked together on the adaptation of
Ghost in the Shell, another movie which was the center of controversy as many
saw Johanssons role as the films version of the films lead Major Motoko
Kusanagi as a form of whitewashing of a character that is seen as Asian. In the
case of Rub & Tug, she is being called out for transface as one person on
Twitter commented. Another said this is a case of ciswashing.
People are not being shy about calling out Johansson for playing a trans man
since this can be considered her second offense when it comes to appropriating
in this case its not cultural, its gender identity.