Scarlett Johansson feels she mishandled transgender casting row

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has admitted that she was ‘tone-deaf’ to criticism over playing a transgender character in the film ‘Rub & Tu’”, saying she mishandled the situation. In an interview, Johansson opened up about the controversy surrounding her decision to play a transgender character and her reaction to it.

“I mishandled that situation. To feel like you’re kind of tone-deaf to something is not a good feeling,” Johansson said while talking about her since-abandoned role in ‘Rub & Tug’. Johansson was set to play Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, a transgender gangster born as Jean Marie Gill. He ran a prostitution empire in Pittsburgh in the 1970s and 1990s. Rupert Sanders is attached to the project as a director. The news was met with criticism from the LGBTQ community, specifically among trans actors who have voiced their frustrations over lack of representation of the community in the industry.

“Tell my critics that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” was Johansson’s first response about the row in July last year. Eventually, she pulled out of the movie due to the growing outrage.