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Scarlett Johansson Responds to Trans Backlash [Updated]

!!Update!!

Scarlett Johansson announced today that she decided to leave the part. Here is her official statement:

“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. 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. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide”

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis issued a separate statement, in response to Johansson’s decision to step down from Rub & Tug (per Variety):

“Scarlett Johansson’s announcement, together with the transgender voices who spoke out about this film, are game changers for the future of transgender images in Hollywood. Hollywood changed how Americans understand gay and lesbian lives, and TV is starting to do the same for transgender people with authentic transgender portrayals being major hits with critics and audiences. The film industry has a real opportunity to do the same.

The original article follows:

As one of the most popular and easily recognized actresses on the planet, Scarlett Johansson is no doubt full of interesting offers. Someone of her talents attracts a certain style of movie, and that has been the case for the longest time. However, part of the criticism that often comes her way is just that: she has taken on so many different kinds of roles.

That might seem an odd critique of an actress. However, it’s the fact that Johansson has taken on so many roles in recent times that would be far more suitable for someone else. Take Ghost in the Shell, for example, much critique was sent her way due to being a poor representation of the character she played.

Part of the new problem, though, is her take on Dante Gill in Rub & Tug. This interesting mob drama is one that should be worth your time looking into, but the fact that Johansson will play a trans male in the movie. Given that she ‘whitewashed’ her character in Ghost in the Shell, this repeat of the same controversy has many people asking: just what roles are left for people who are actually suited to it?

According to April Reign, one of the people behind the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, the problem is this: “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.”

Sadly, given the opportunity to speak about why she felt she was the right choice for the role, Johansson done nothing of the sort. Instead, she responded by saying about complaints: “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”

Two strikes and out?

After playing Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell, this latest controversy merely adds another layer to the argument. After being seen to ‘whitewash’ a role made for an Asian, she’s now seen as someone who is going to ‘transface’ another key role. It’s all a very challenging act to balance out: directors want actors and actresses that the whole work knows.

This means often putting stars into roles they should probably have avoided. Appropriation is a very big topic at present, and this is only sure to help fuel the fire even further. Some people, though, hope that the backlash here will help them to further explain to others why they feel so strongly about this particular train of thought: and why they want to do more to help avoid appropriation in such stark terms.

What do you think? Should she have got the role? Could the role have been used to launch the career of a trans artist, instead?

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!!Update!!
Scarlett Johansson announced today that she decided to leave the part. Here is her official statement:
“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my...

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Woman Asked To Prove She’s Not a Robot – in Real Life

Whenever we are making an account online, purchasing something from a website or just signing in, we are often required to verify ourselves as humans. It’s called Captcha. In some cases, there are alphabets of upper and lower cases with a few numbers and we are required to type them down correct. While in other cases we are required to select pictures that relate to the given word above and then check the box “I’m not a robot”.

Well everyone is used to this practice because safety is key. So the site needs to make sure that you are human. But have you ever thought you will check the box in real life, on a piece of paper? Well, I guess not. But this happened to a woman who went to buy a new car. She had to sign some documents and then came to this page where she had to check the box “I’m not a robot”. This is quite surprising, isn’t it?

Marci Robin was as surprised as we are right now. She had never imagined in her life that she would have to prove someone by signing on the paper that she is a human. She wondered why the car dealer can’t see that she is a human, a girl and not a robot or something else. Well, Marci took and pen and checked the “I’m not a robot” box to prove that she is a real human being.

Marci questioned about this as if this might be an error. But she found out that this is the company’s corporate policy and it isn’t a onetime error. The policy requires the car dealership to replicate all documents that were on the online website to real paper. So all documents had this “I’m not a robot” checkbox included, because when purchasing online, people check this box.

Well, it is still strange because a human eye can certainly distinguish between a human and a robot. The technological world is progressing very fast, in the near future there might be robots that are difficult to distinguish from real humans so more documents will be needed to be signed. Let’s see what the future holds for us.

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Celebrity Couples With Height Differences

We all know it – a height difference is not a factor when love is in the air. We know it, but many do not act upon it. It’s really sad that there are many celebrities who think too much about their image in the press or on TMZ instead of their own feelings.

They could let a simple thing as height difference interfere with their life. Let’s take a look at these famous people who won’t let it ruin their love life.

Shaquille O’Neal and Laticia Rolle: 7’1” and 5’6”

As one of the best former basket player in the world, it’s no wonder Shaquille O’Neal nicknamed Shaq is one incredible tall man. In fact, he is one of the tallest the game has ever seen! Since retiring from playing he now serves as a sports analyst on a sports channel.

Shaq towers above his long-time girlfriend, entrepreneur Laticia Rolle. The two have been dating since 2014 and recently announced their engagement! While they may have a difference in height with Rolle standing at five-foot-two, they also have something in common. Rolle was also a basketball player in her senior year! Guess they bonded over their love of the game.

Don’t get off the ladder yet, there’s more:

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Often fishing gets really crazy and so does the fishermen. Good thing for you is that we have managed to gather unexpectedly amusing events that prove fishing can be downright humorous and entertaining.

Read on and let yourself have a good old laugh on this comical fishing gallery.

The Power Of Nature

Fishing can be very intimidating too. Be cautious, if it’s your first time out on the water. The last thing you would want is to have a clash with nature. The way this pic looks, it can be assumed that this hotshot guy has caught himself quite a big deal! Or, some may guess it as – who’s fishing who? It seems quite hard to win this fight. We wonder whose hard work actually paid off.

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Funniest Fishing Photos Ever Caught On Camera

What could be possibly better than a hobby that gives you the pleasure of self-fulfillment? Ah, Fishing! Whether you do it for a calm atmosphere, serenity, stress relief, sports or social bonding, it is worth it! Not only do you get a chance to interact with nature, but you also experience fun while doing so.

Often fishing gets really crazy and so does the fishermen. Good thing for you is that we have managed to gather unexpectedly amusing events that prove fishing can be downright humorous and entertaining.

Read on and let yourself have a good old laugh on this comical fishing gallery.

The Power Of Nature

Fishing can be very intimidating too. Be cautious, if it’s your first time out on the water. The last thing you would want is to have a clash with nature. The way this pic looks, it can be assumed that this hotshot guy has caught himself quite a big deal! Or, some may guess it as – who’s fishing who? It seems quite hard to win this fight. We wonder whose hard work actually paid off.

What could be possibly better than a hobby that gives you the pleasure of self-fulfillment? Ah, Fishing! Whether you do it for a calm atmosphere, serenity, stress relief, sports or social bonding, it is worth it! Not only do you get a chance to interact with...

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Do you have what it takes to stick to a goal and turn your life around? Lexi and Danny Reed did. It all started when Lexi decided it was time to make a change in her life and 18 months later, something amazing has happened.

Can Dreams Come True?

The couple have plenty of great advice on how to get started on the path to making dreams come true. What did they do exactly to make such a drastic change?

Be inspired by Lexi and Danny’s incredible journey:

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Can Dreams Come True?

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Female News Anchors – In Real Life

When television broadcast news first came onto the scene, it was typical for the anchors to be men. Some of the first and most notable anchors include Douglas Edwards and Walter Cronkite. Cronkite reported on news events from the late 1930s until 1981 and he was often referred to as “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite covered some of the most notable events in his time such as the Nuremberg Trials, The Vietnam War and Watergate.

Cronkite hosted the CBS Evening News for 19 years as CBS had a retirement policy for its employees to retire at 65. While most of the anchors in the field were men in the early days of television, many prominent female anchors did appear on the scene soon after. As the medium of television grew in popularity, women became interested in pursuing careers in the field. Nowadays, a large number of women have made their way onto news programs and we are here to give you a glimpse into their real lives.

Although there are a lot of female journalists on television today, it was not always that way. Barbara Walters was one female anchor who blazed the trail for future female news broadcasters to gain respect and recognition. Walters became well-known in the 1960s when she began hosting The Today Show with Hugh Downs. She was the first woman to hold the title as host on an American news show and her career continued to grow from there. She famously went on to create and co-host The View in addition to hosting a number of special reports and conducting heavily watched interviews. At a time when there were few females in the newsroom, Walters worked her way up through the ranks and paved the way for future female anchors.

Since the success of Walters’ career, many other female news anchors have emerged on the scene. Women such as Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric have made their impact in television broadcast journalism. News organizations nowadays are hiring women to prominent positions on television. Sports caster Erin Andrews is another example, appearing on Fox NFL and from there becomong the co-host of Dancing with the Stars.

There are now so many news outlets and programs that we cannot keep track of all of the anchors on television. More and more women are becoming interested in the field of broadcast journalism, which means there are more female anchors on TV. But have no fear! We have compiled a list of some of the most outstanding and professional female anchors on television. While you may not recognize their names, you will most likely recognize their faces from seeing them on television.

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