Scarlett Johansson under fire over trans man prostitution role — RT US News

Scarlett Johansson is under fire again, this time for her new role as a transgender man. It comes a year after she was accused of whitewashing an Asian character in a movie with the same director.

The US actress will team up again with director Rupert Sanders for the movie ‘Rub & Tug,’ which is expected to center on Pittsburgh massage parlor owner Dante ‘Tex’ Gill.

Gill, who was indicted on tax evasion charges in 1984 over a call girl ring, was referred to in a 2003 obituary by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a “bizarre fixture in the red light world of Pittsburgh” and preferred to be known as a man after being born Lois Jean Gill.

Johansson previously worked on Rupert’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’ feature film, which garnered accusations of ‘whitewashing,’ given the Hollywood actress played a lead character who was originally Asian in a popular Japanese manga comic.

Following outrage at Johansson’s upcoming role, the actress released a terse response to the criticisms.  

“Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” Johansson’s representatives told Bustle, referring to cis actors who have previously been cast in transgender roles.

Despite outrage that the role of Gill did not go to a transgender actor, a number of online denizens have backed Johansson, asking why the Hollywood celebrity is being pilloried for her latest career move.

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