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Scarlett Johansson admits she was ‘tone-deaf’ to Rub and Tug casting controversy

Actor Scarlett Johansson's admission, that she was "tone-deaf" to the feelings of the trans community, comes ahead of the Oscars season, where she is expected to get nominated for Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit.

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: November 27, 2019 3:52:31 pm
Scarlett Johansson on Rug and Tug controversy Scarlett Johansson has reacted to the Rub and Tug casting controversy. (Source: AP)

Over a year after she exited crime biopic Rub & Tug, Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has admitted she “mishandled” the casting controversy on the Rupert Sanders film.

The actor’s admission, that she was “tone-deaf” to the feelings of the trans community, comes ahead of the Oscars season, where she is expected to get nominated for Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit.

Johansson admitted in a recent interview that, when it came to her casting as a trans man in the movie Rub & Tug, she didn’t handle the public feedback well.

“In hindsight, I mishandled that situation. I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it. I wasn’t totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing—and how they felt in general about cis actors playing—transgender people. I wasn’t aware of that conversation—I was uneducated. So I learned a lot through that process. I misjudged that…. It was a hard time. It was like a whirlwind. I felt terribly about it. To feel like you’re kind of tone-deaf to something is not a good feeling.” Johansson told Vanity Fair.

The actor will be seen in Marvel Studio’s Black Widow in which Scarlett Johansson will be playing the titular character. The film will release on May 1, 2020.

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