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Hollywood’s transgenders laud Scarlett Johansson

    16 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Hollywood’s transgenders laud Scarlett Johansson

Hollywood's transgender community has applauded actress Scarlett Johansson's decision to withdraw from a project on a trans man after she courted backlash for taking on the role.

Johansson announced that she was exiting Rub & Tug, a film in which she was set to star as Dante Tex Gill, a transgender man.

The actress issued a statement, saying she had "decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project" following ethical concerns about her participation as a cisgender actress. "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 realise it was insensitive," she added.

Transgender actors, filmmakers, artistes and activists, who were at The Hollywood Reporter's office here for a discussion about representation in the entertainment industry, lauded her decision.