Scarlett Johansson has insisted that actors should be able to take whatever roles they wish.
Speaking to As If magazine, the Avengers star was giving her opinon after last year quitting a film in which she was going to play a transgender character. Her decision to opt out came after she was slammed for taking the role, one that critics said could have been given to a transgender actor instead.
In the magazine interview, Johansson said: “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.
“I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions.
“I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do.”
Johansson’s comments drew plenty of criticism on social media. One Twitter user wrote, “Yes, ScarJo, you should be able to play a tree. Because there aren’t countless sentient trees desiring to act yet struggling to get cast in roles. But there ARE a ton of LGBTQIA l/non-binary actors who have vocalised that they would love to represent those characters.”
Another responded with: “Scarlett Johansson is a cisgender white woman with a powerful platform.
“Trans people should play trans people. Period. It is incredibly disappointing that she has learned nothing and clearly does not care about the experiences of trans people.”
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