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Scarlett Johansson Faces Backlash For Transgender Role in Upcoming Film… And For Her Defiant Response

Scarlett Johansson is facing heavy backlash for being cast as a transgender man in an upcoming film and for her response to the uproar.

Johansson is set to star in Rub & Tug as Dante “Tex” Gill, a real-life transgender man who ran a massage parlor which was a front for a prostitution operation in 1970s Pittsburgh. Critics online slammed the casting choice:

Johansson faced similar backlash when it was announced that she was starring in the 2017 film adaptation of the Japanese manga series Ghost in the Shell, whose director Rupert Sanders is also helming Rub & Tug.

The Avengers star issued a response to the backlash through her rep:

Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman‘s reps for comment.

Well, that bold response is facing backlash as well.

[image via Getty]

 

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