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Here are the best tweets about ScarJo stepping down from Rub & Tug

Here are the best tweets about ScarJo stepping down from Rub & Tug

Scarlett Johansson stepped down from playing a trans man in Rub & Tug after backlash

Earlier this month, controversy ensued after it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would play Dante ‘Tex’ Gill, a trans man, in the upcoming film Rub & Tug. As of 13 July, Johansson stepped down from the role.

‘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.

‘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.’

In the first statement Johansson references, she said ‘Tell them they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment’ in response to the backlash. This statement was controversial because she cites other cisgender actors who played trans people on screen in recent years, as if they didn’t also receive similar backlash.

The Tweets

After the news of Johansson bowing out of the role, the LGBTI community on Twitter not only rejoiced, but threw some shade as well. Here are the best tweets about ScarJo’s departure from Rub & Tug.

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