Trace Lysette and Jamie Clayton criticise Scarlett Johansson’s transgender role
Both Trace Lysette and Jamie Clayton have come out to publicly criticise Scarlett Johansson’s controversial transgender role in upcoming film Rub & Tug.
The film, which is based on the true-life story of Jean Marie Gill who in later years became Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, was the head of a Pittsburgh massage parlour and prostitution operation throughout ’70s and ‘80s.
Gill identified as a man throughout his life, which is the detail in the role that has sparked a considerable backlash.
To give more context, Johansson has teamed up with director Rupert Sanders for the second time in her career. The first, the pair made controversial film Ghost In The Shell, an adaptation of iconic Japanese manga to which the actress was accused of whitewashing. Now, it seems, the same arguments have arisen.
Having already been called out for the role by April Reign, who is best known for the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, Johansson’s fellow actors have come out to voice their disapproval. Trace Lysette, best known for her work on Transparent, said: “I wouldn’t be as upset if I was getting in the same rooms as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett for cis roles,” she wrote. “But we know that’s not the case. A mess.”