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Scarlett Johansson Exits ‘Rub & Tug’ Following Backlash Over Playing Transgender Character

Scarlett Johansson is backing out of Rub & Tug.

The 33-year-old actress has determined to forgo the Rupert Sanders-directed mob drama after receiving main backlash for accepting the position, wherein she would painting Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who owns a Pittsburgh therapeutic massage parlor.

“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” Johansson mentioned in a press release to Out on Friday. “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 realize it was insensitive.”

“I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release,” the assertion continued. “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”

Johansson concluded the assertion by stating she believes that every one artists needs to be thought-about “equally and fairly.”

“My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries,” she defined. “We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.”

The unique assertion Johansson referred to was given to Bustle by way of her rep: “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”

ET has reached out to Johansson’s rep for remark.

This is not the primary time Johansson has obtained backlash for a movie position. The New York City native was additionally criticized for enjoying an initially Asian animated character, The Major, in 2017’s live-action adaptation of Ghost within the Shell, which was additionally directed by Sanders.

Ahead of the film’s premiere, Johansson instructed ET that she had her “fingers crossed” followers would settle for the movie. Hear extra from the unique chat within the video beneath.

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