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Trans actors Trace Lysette, Jamie Clayton slam Scarlett Johansson for her new role

Johansson has been signed up to play a transgender character in Rub & Tug, to be helmed by Rupert Sanders

Nanda Das @nanda1das 5 July 2018, 1:29 PM
Johansson will be playing the role of Jean Marie Gill, who had reportedly undergone the initial stages of sex change

Johansson will be playing the role of Jean Marie Gill, who had reportedly undergone the initial stages of sex change Image: Facebook

While Netizens are up in arms against Scarlett Johansson for her stint as a transgender man in the upcoming crime drama Rub &Tug, popular trans actors Trace Lysette and Jamie Clayton have also expressed their displeasure over the casting.

Lysette, famous for her role in Amazon’s comedy series Transparent, took to Twitter to first slam Hollywood for its double standards towards transgenders, and then called out the Her actor for accepting the offer.

"Oh word?? So you can continue to play us but we can’t play y’all? Hollywood is so fucked... I wouldn’t be as upset if I was getting in the same rooms as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett for cis roles, but we know that’s not the case. A mess," Lysette tweeted.

Clayton, who just wrapped up her run on Netflix’s cult favourite Sense8, echoed Lysette’s sentiments and recalled how she was not even allowed in the room to audition for cisgender roles, which clearly is not the case for cisgender actors opting for transgender roles. A cisgender is an individual whose gender identity corresponds with the sex they were assigned to at birth.

The Avengers star came under fire after it emerged that she would be again teaming up with the Ghost in the Shell director for a new film based on the life of Jean Marie Gill, also later known as Dante 'Tex' Gill, whose massage parlour was said to be a front for prostitution in the '70s. Jean Marie wanted to be referred to as Mr Gill and is said to have undergone the initial stages of sex change.

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