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Emily Kinney discusses what to make of Scarlett Johansson playing a transman instead of hiring a transman for the part


Scarlett Johansson drew controversy once again for -- in a tone deaf manner -- accepting a role that maybe she should not have accepted as it takes a role away from a group marginalized in Hollywood. In the past, Scarlett Johnansson took the role of Major, a character originally created to be Asian. Now, Scarlett Johnasson has announced that she is getting ready to play the role of Dante "Tex" Gill, a transgender man whose life story is set to be adapted in the film Rub and Tug. Scarlett Johnansson has been flippant about obtaining the role, citing Felicity Huffman (who played a trans woman in Transamerica) and Jeffrey Tambor who played the transgender matriarch in Transparent, but also -- is problematic now for his behavior on set, and himself said he hoped to be the last cis gendered actor playing a transgender person. Here to discuss are Shira Lazar, Ryan Mitchell, and our special guest who you may know form playing "Beth Greene" on The Walking Dead, Emily Kinney. Emily's new album "Oh Jonathan" is to be released on August 24th.

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So what does this trio think of this story? Well, Ryan points out its bad that transgender women cannot audition for cis roles because Hollywood does not see them as women. Emily does not put the blame on Scarlett Johansson, because we all want to work, and we love a challenging role, but the bigger issue is if you have a trans man available for the part -- as producers and directors, you should cast the trans actress. Put the blame on the directors and producers! Ryan however thinks the blame should be shared by Scarlett. She should have turned it down, and there are certain experiences she cannot bring to the rule as someone who herself is not a trans man. Ryan thinks it's important to continue to normalize showing a trans actress or actor in films, and it is on all of us to continue doing so.

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