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Scarlett Johansson Drops Out of 'Rub & Tug' Amid Criticism for Trans Role - Read Her Statement

Scarlett Johansson Drops Out of 'Rub & Tug' Amid Criticism for Trans Role - Read Her Statement

Scarlett Johansson will no longer be appearing in the upcoming Rub & Tug following criticism for taking on the role of a transgender man.

The 33-year-old actress confirmed her decision in a statement, following an initially defensive response from her rep, to Out on Friday (July 13).

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“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive,” she said.

“I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.”

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