Scarlett Johansson's Speech
I’m very sorry, I was wrong, it will not happen again.

Last week, we saw how the controversy returned to surround Scarlett Johansson due to an unfortunate casting choice.

Rub & Tug‘ will tell the life of Dante “Tex” Gill, owner of a successful massage parlor in the Pittsburgh of the 70s that had to fight for his masculine identity with a society that, until now, does not quite understand it.

After some unfortunate (although not entirely confirmed statements), the actress has decided to get off the project by publishing this full statement:

In light of the recent ethical doubts raised around my election as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, I have learned a lot from the community since I made the first statement about my participation and I realized that I was not being sensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and I am grateful that the conversation about inclusion in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, the LGBTQ + characters fell 40% in 2017 compared to the previous year, without having representation of trans characters in any major studio release. Although I would have loved the opportunity to tell the story and Dante’s life journey, I understand why many feel that I should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am grateful that this debate, although controversial, has triggered a broader conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be treated with equal and fairness. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that entertain and transcend the limits.We look forward to working with all communities to bring these compelling and important stories to the public around the world actively pursues projects that entertain and cross limits. We look forward to working with all communities to bring these compelling and important stories to the public around the world actively pursues projects that entertain and cross limits. We look forward to working with all communities to bring these compelling and important stories to the public around the world

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Will the project go afloat with a transsexual actor or will the industry decide that it is better to move on to another title? For now, ‘Rug & Tug‘ is moving forward with Rupert Sanders in the direction, which was already criticized by whitewashing when selecting as the protagonist of ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ a, curiously, Scarlett Johansson.

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