13 Jul '18, 9pm

Scarlett Johansson drops out of her transgender role in 'Rub & Tug':

Scarlett Johansson drops out of her transgender role in 'Rub & Tug':

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of her role to play a transgender man in an upcoming film Rub & Tug , after receiving backlash from the trans community, reports Out magazine. The actress was set to play the role of crime kingpin Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born Lois Jean Gill but identified as a man. He used his massage parlors as a front for prostitution in 1970s Pittsburgh. “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 said in a statement to Out magazine. “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.” Additionally, her statement hints at a greater awareness of what the casting meant to many in the com...

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