Scarlett Johansson Is Being Terrible Again, This Time to Trans People

I didn’t particularly have a problem with Scarlett Johansson playing Major Kusanagi in The Ghost in the Shell. Despite having a Japanese name, the Major is a robot and is essentially portrayed as appearing Caucasian in the original comic book. While some people thought a Japanese actress should have played the part because it was a Japanese comic, the character herself wasn’t any more Japanese than Siri is Chinese.

What feels a little stranger is Johansson’s new role in Rub & Tug, a biopic about a trans man who ran a number of massage parlors that were actually fronts for prostitution. I know that Scarlett is probably looking at it as a chance for an Oscar nod, but she’s not that great an actress. She also really, really doesn’t look the part.

Yeah, honestly, I look more like that dude than ScarJo does. There was a negative reaction to Johansson being cast as a trans man when trans actors are generally not offered the chance to play any roles other than trans characters. I’m sure that ScarJo handled the situation with all the empathy and understanding you expect… nah, I’m just kidding, she was an asshole, just like always.

Johansson’s comment to The Bustle on people upset about her being cast as a trans man was “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”

Even if she doesn’t want to give up the role, and I don’t think she should be forced to, she can at least show a little bit of empathy. I mean, if she wasn’t such an asshole. Her statement, much like every other statement she’s made when people are angry with some dumbass decision she’s made, boils down to “go f**k yourself.” I almost respect how much of a sociopath she is.

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5 years ago

Identity politics is cancer

a nonbinary bitch
a nonbinary bitch
5 years ago

get over yourself.

4 years ago

Someone finally stands up to the twitter mob, and so of course you’ll vilify her. More people need to stand up to the twitter mob. More people need to tell internet fascists to go to hell. It doesn’t make you a sociopath. It makes you someone who is sick and tired of randoms on the internet being able to control everything.