Trace Lysette trolled after hitting out at Scarlett Johansson’s transgender role

Transparent actress Trace Lysette has received death threats after she slammed Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a transgender man.Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), it was reported that Scarlett will reteam with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sande…

Transparent actress Trace Lysette has received death threats after she slammed Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a transgender man.

Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), it was reported that Scarlett will reteam with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders to play Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born Lois, in crime biopic Rub & Tug.

News of the 33-year-old’s casting has not gone down well with the trans community though, with transgender actresses Trace and Jamie Clayton among those speaking out on Twitter.

“Oh word?? So you can continue to play us but we can’t play y’all? Hollywood is so f**ked… I wouldn’t be as upset if I was getting in the same rooms as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett for cis(gender) roles, but we know that’s not the case. A mess.

“And not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived… so twisted. I’m so done…” Trace wrote before telling her followers: “Death threats for being trans and speaking my mind… nothing new.”

She also fell out with actor Michael Rapaport, who questioned her abilities in comparison to Oscar winner Jennifer.

“Yeah! She can play Y’all. DeNiro can play a Boxers & Killers. Meryl Streep can play everything. Maybe it’s just YOUR skills ain’t ready? Maybe your just not that good (sic)? Jealous A** Hating A** Motherf**ka’s will try anything to further careers, Veiled in social outcry and protest (sic),” Michael, who played Phoebe’s police officer boyfriend Gary in Friends, fumed.

“Or maybe we don’t even get in the room to be considered. You would gag at the skills within the trans community. Do your research,” Trace fired back.

Following Trace’s initial outburst, Scarlett’s representative released a statement to Bustle.

“Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” they said, referencing the three stars’ critically acclaimed turns as trans characters.

Trace previously accused her Transparent co-star Jeffrey of sexual harassment on the set of Golden Globe-winning series, accusations he denies. He has since been fired from the Amazon show.

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Scarlett Johansson defends decision to play transgender man in film

Scarlett Johansson has defended her decision to play a transgender man in new film Rub & Tug.Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), Deadline reported that the actress would be reteaming with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders for a movie about Jea…

Scarlett Johansson has defended her decision to play a transgender man in new film Rub & Tug.

Earlier this week (beg02Jul18), Deadline reported that the actress would be reteaming with her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders for a movie about Jean Marie Gill, also known as Dante “Tex” Gill, a Pittsburgh crime kingpin and massage parlour owner who used a male identity.

Scarlett’s casting in the role received instant backlash from a number of social media users, but in a statement issued via her representative to Bustle on Wednesday, she dismissed any criticism.

“Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” she reportedly told the outlet.

Scarlett’s response refers to cisgender actors who have taken on transgender roles, with Jeffrey playing a transgender woman in TV show Transparent, Felicity portraying a transgender woman in 2005 film Transamerica and Jared Leto taking on the part of Rayon in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club.

Among the comments on Twitter, many users noted that they would have liked to have seen a transgender person in the role.

“Literally the LEAST you could do when making a movie about trans people is to cast a trans person in the role that was written for them,” one user wrote on Twitter, while another added: “No offense to Scarlett Johansson but there are many beautiful trans women in the world, and I MEAN MANY…so ask Hollywood to keep looking!”

One of the people to criticise Scarlett’s casting in Rub & Tug was April Reign, the activist behind the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015. She pointed out that the 33-year-old star was also accused of whitewashing her character in Ghost in the Shell, which was based on a Japanese manga figure.

“Scarlett Johansson received considerable backlash for Ghost in the Shell, when she played a whitewashed Asian character. The movie tanked. Undeterred, she has teamed up WITH THE SAME DIRECTOR to play a trans male character in Rub & Tug,” she wrote.

Scarlett is currently filming Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit and is also attached to star as Marvel character Black Widow in a standalone movie.

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Top designers cheer Georgina Chapman as she returns to CFDA

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman was greeted with cheers and applause as she returned to work recently.The Marchesa designer has kept a low profile since allegations of sexual harassment and rape were levelled against disgraced movi…

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman was greeted with cheers and applause as she returned to work recently.

The Marchesa designer has kept a low profile since allegations of sexual harassment and rape were levelled against disgraced movie producer Weinstein in October (17), but she eased herself back into the world of fashion last month (Mar18).

As well as returning to her label, Chapman also attended a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) board meeting, where her fellow CFDA members welcomed her with open arms.

Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger were among the CFDA members to cheer and applaud the British fashion star as she walked into the room.

“We were all happy to see her,” von Furstenberg said, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “Georgina is a great designer, engaged board member, devoted mother and good friend. We all support her.”

Despite the warm welcome, a source close to Chapman said her calm demeanour was shattered when she left the meeting in New York and was mobbed by paparazzi.

“She was so upset — she doesn’t know who tipped them off,” the friend revealed. “She feels she can’t go anywhere without being descended upon, and she is very worried about the safety of her children.”

Chapman married Weinstein in 2007, and together they have daughter India, seven, and five-year-old son Dashiell.

As well as multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, it has also been claimed that Weinstein pressured actresses including Sienna Miller and Felicity Huffman to wear Marchesa designs on the red carpet.

Earlier this year, Marchesa, the luxury label Chapman created with Keren Craig in 2004, cancelled its New York Fashion Week runway show in favour of a digital presentation.

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