ScarJo… ScarJo… ScarJo…
It hasn’t even been a year since Scarlett Johansson had to shart up a bullshit response after she got dragged to and fro for whitewashing the lead role in Ghost in the Shell, a cinematic turd that caused a giant splash in the toilet bowl of box office bombs by flopping hard. ScarJo’s kink must be to piss people off with her role choices, because the Queen of Cinematic Appropriation is back at it. ScarJo has made a decision that’s almost as bad as her decision to continue to get her hair cut like Laura Bush if Laura Bush got a haircut from a drugged-up raccoon with arthritis.
ScarJo and her partner in pissing people off, Rupert Sanders, who directed Ghost in the Shell, are teaming up again for a story about a trans man. ScarJo is playing the trans man, and after getting dingles thrown at her for that decision, she decided it would be a very good idea to catch those dingles, set them on fire and throw them back.
Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter delivered the news that ScarJo signed onto a movie called Rub & Tug and will play Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born as Jean Marie Gill and assumed the identity of a man to run a massage and hooker business in 1970s/1980s Pittsburgh. Tex was described in his obit as being an “unabashed lesbian,” so some think it was a Victor/Victoria situation and he was a cis woman masquerading as a dude to make it in a man’s game. But that same obit says that Tex may have started transitioning and wanted everyone to call him Mr. Gill.
Short and dumpy, she wore men’s suits and short hair, she talked tough and she may even have undergone the initial stages of a sex change that made her appear masculine.
During the 1970s and ’80s, she was a bizarre fixture in the red-light world of Pittsburgh’s massage parlor district along Liberty Avenue.
For years, according to police, Ms. Gill ran a string of parlors as fronts for prostitution, all the while insisting that she was a man and telling everyone she wanted to be known as “Mr. Gill.”
Bustle asked ScarJo’s rep for a comment about the backlash, and they gave the perfect comment to give if you want the outraged screams of the people to hit you harder. If the only fuck you’ve got to give involves your checking account and you really want to make a situation worse, go with a statement like this:
“Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”
Those three all got shit for playing trans characters, but okay, ScarJo.
Trans actress Jamie Clayton spit at this move:
Actors who are trans never even get to audition FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN ROLES OF TRANS CHARACTERS. THATS THE REAL ISSUE. WE CANT EVEN GET IN THE ROOM. Cast actors WHO ARE TRANS as NON TRANS CHARACTERS. I DARE YOU #RupertSanders @NewRegency #ScarlettJohansson https://t.co/RkrW8MeGcG
— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) July 4, 2018
So did Trace Lysette:
And not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived… so twisted. I’m so done…
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) July 4, 2018
This is who Scarlett Johansen is playing btw. Dante “Tex” Gill. I mean. It’s uncanny isn’t it? pic.twitter.com/3B5ltdVVKj
— ✨ Pretty Hamish ✨ (@hamishsteele) July 4, 2018
I know that Hollywood is a place where magic is made. Like, they continue to sort of make the likes of Sean Penn and Marky Mark seem semi-human, but ScarJo as him?!
When ScarJo thinks of herself as Tex Gill, the bubble above her head probably sees herself holding an Oscar (trick will be lucky if she gets a Razzie). But when I think of ScarJo as Tex Gill, the thought bubble above my head sees nothing but a mumbling pile of prosthetics and bad wigs. And honestly, an actual pile of prosthetics and bad wigs would do a better acting job than ScarJo will do.