Scarlett Johansson's casting as transgender man draws backlash

News the actress will play a transgender man in the film "Rub & Tug" drew widespread criticism online.
2:41 | 07/06/18

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Transcript for Scarlett Johansson's casting as transgender man draws backlash
And we areack with actress Scarlett Johansson battling a stm of criticism over a new movie role where she iet to a transgender man. Some she's taking opportunities away from transgender actors. ABC's chconnelly ise with more. Good morn how are you?with two decades of acting in movies and a Tony for her work on Broadway Scarlett Hansson has stellar career Der waymenor some her latest role is raising some estions. From "Avengers" to T in translation" Scarlett Johansson rare air. Now th 33-year-old actress is facing criti from members ofthe transgen acting community on social media for taking a role described as a transgender man in an upcoming yet to be filmed movie. Hollywood I trying to find new a unique stories but ey're using the same ole pls to play them. Rter: Tragender actress od trace Lisette declaring they're being denied oppoities that should rightly be theirs. In favor of those who iify as gender assd to them at birth. Grew up not seeing anyon that looked like me pored O screen so I guess I say to my community is that it' real important right now to speak out and push back. Reporter: So you can continue to ps but we can't play Y' tweeted lysette and not Ono you plans and steal our narrative you pat yoursel on the back with trophies. Jared Leto in "Dallas bs club" and Fely Hun in nsamerica"en portrayals of transcharacters. So often they go to oer genders. Reporter: Matt D took sharp exception to the legation that his being cast in the Chinese fantasy "Th great wall" was anmple of so-called whitewashing. Johansson faced similar criticism for "Ghost in the shell." I think Thate are in a moment where we are talking about proper inclusion a proper representation mornd more. Scarljohansson's people made no comment Toa" and there are tional perspectives consider. Filmmakerst artistic eem. Actors portray peo they themselves are not. Women in particular have fought no be judged in Hollywood solely on the basis of their physical appeance and ase heard transgender performers seek more opportunies to show the world all T T can . Not competingperspectiv it's up for Hollywood to M sure they're cimentary perspective. Certainl Thank you for bringing that to . G to have you here. Absolute always good to have you he

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