Something like twenty minutes went by and Scarlett Johansson, the most powerful woman in Hollywood, decides to “clarify” her statement about the SJW movement in the film industry and her being bullied out of a lead role in the stagnant film Rub and Tug.
Speaking through a representative, Johansson told Entertainment Weekly that her quotes “had been edited for click bait and is taken wildly out of context”.
She also stated, “The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art,” she continues. “I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way. I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to. I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”
You know what, it really sucks to see a performer that you respect be forced to resort to damage control tactics like these. I’m sure there was backlash to what she said, but given her comments to AS If magazine (via the daily mail) in regards to performing, the above statement to EW does not sound like it’s coming from someone who believes in the art of movie making, but the power of social media.
This sounds like whoever signs her checks over at Disney told her to fix her comments if she wants her Black Widow movie to see the light of day because surely the LGBT and SJW communities wouldn’t bully Scarlett Johansson over her own career a third time, would they? Look, this whole thing started over some people being outraged that a white, straight woman was going to play a transgendered man on screen, and some people weren’t smart enough to realize that actors are people that pretend to be other people for money. Saying a straight woman can’t play a transgendered man in a movie is like saying a gay man can’t play a straight man in a television show. Oh, wait a minute…Barney Stinson!