Scarlett Johansson has come under fire
for taking a transgender role.
The 33-year-old Johansson is slated to
play a transgender character in the upcoming film Rub & Tug.
In the film, Johansson will play Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender
man who owns a massage parlor in Pittsburgh in the 1970s.
“Literally the LEAST you could do
when making a movie about trans people is to cast a trans person in
the role that was written for them,” a user wrote on Twitter.
“Scarlett Johansson needs to stop naively choosing roles, and
studios need to do better.”
Another user suggested Johansson should
“ask Hollywood to keep looking” for a transgender actor to play
statement given to Bustle,
Johansson responded to the criticism, saying that such critics should
be “directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's
reps for comment,” a reference to actors who received critical
acclaim for playing transgender characters.