Rub And Tug To Be Dropped From Production!

Rub And Tug To Be Dropped From Production!

Scarlett Johansson Casting Controversy Leads To Flop!

Well, well, well. I told you so. The moment I heard the transgender community up in arms over the casting choice of Avengers: Infinity War Actress, Scarlett Johansson, as a transgender man: I knew the film would get pulled from production. In modern age, social media can lead you to get fired from your job, humiliated by society, and reputations destroyed. While the #MeToo movement has proved to be an incredibly positive influence in our culture, sometimes a movement can be damaging.

According to Pink News, the anger of Johansson being cast to play real-life transgender man, Dante "Tex" Gill, in the would-be film, Rub and Tug, has led to the film likely being pulled in it's entirety. Even after Johansson released a sincere apology to the transgender community. She even suggested the role be played by a transgender man - who

Okay, so: Obviously this was going to happen. But, at what cost? Was this uproar truly worth it, y'all? Did the transgender community win this battle since the role isn't going to be played by a heterosexual, cisgendered female? Now, the movie is more than likely not going to be made. Johansson's production company was set to produce the movie: It's likely not going to move forward after burying this woman who wanted to actually showcase a transgender story. I highly doubt she'll ever want to touch any subject matter regarding the transgender community again. Is this an appropriate time to add a reference to Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons saying "HA-HA!"?

So, in the end: Dante Gill's story likely won't get to be told. All because of social media outrage. I'm really disappointed. I'm sure the transgender community could've made a point and gotten much representation within the film in some type of way. Look at how much influence the phenomenal Janet Mock has had in FX's latest hit, Pose. This is so disappointing.

Do you believe this is a win for the transgender community - or should the film not have been made whatsoever if no transgender man was taking the reign? 

Writer's Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of my fellow Instinct Contributors or Instinct Magazine itself.

Scarlett Johansson Pulls Out Of Film After Backlash!

Scarlett Johansson Pulls Out Of Film After Backlash!

Uproars Over Casting Choice Leads To Exit!

#GROAN! Well, those who threw a fit over social media got their wish. We recently informed you about the controversial casting choice where Avengers Actress, Scarlett Johansson, would portray a transgender man in the upcoming film, Rub and Tug. I had a very unpopular opinion on why people shouldn’t be raging maniacs about the casting choice an foresaw the film being pulled. Well, it’s halfway there thanks to the uproar of negativity that came with the casting.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Johansson has removed herself from the acting role in a statement to Out magazine. She tells:

“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,” Johansson said in a statement Friday to Out magazine. “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 percent 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.”

I doubt we’ll even see this film come to light amid the controversy. I’m happy Johansson has made a statement in support of the transgender community, but is any of this really going to help? Rub and Tug could’ve been an interesting story to see unravel, but now it’s pretty much poisoned itself. Call it quits.

Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the other contributing writers.

Is An Uproar Over Casting Choices Necessary?

Is An Uproar Over Casting Choices Necessary?

Weighing In On Scarlett Johansson Casting Controversy

By now you've probably heard Avengers Actress Scarlett Johansson has found herself in the middle of an uproar over a recent film's casting choices where she has been cast as massage parlor owner, Dante "Tex" Gill, a Transgender man, in the upcoming Rub & Tug. When asked about the casting choice and controversy, Johansson slickly refers to the casting choices of Jeffrey Tambor, Fecility Huffman, and Jared Leto who have all played Transgender characters in recent years, followed by much Academy success.

According to Buzzfeed, Transgender Actresses, Trace Lysette (Transparent) and Jamie Clayton (Sense 8), have vocalized  their disgust over the casting choice. Along with those two ladies of the silver screen, the “I-Always-Have-Something-To-Complain-About-Blogger” Jen Richards proposed The Hollywood Reporter should hold a panel with Transgender actors ... because apparently she's an actress now, too. Lysette, who is clearly jealous she didn’t get the role, went so far to tweet she "is so done" with ...acting(?) over the casting decision. Check out her confusing and salty tweet.




After thinking about this over and over, I formulated my opinion to be this. While it is extremely clear Rub & Tug will obviously tank amid controversy, I cannot help but feel it is for all for the wrong reasons. Yes, I understand Johansson accepted a role that whited wash an Asian character and now has accepted a role of a Transgender man, but should we really be directing our anger toward her? Would you not accept a check and a job ... and a role in a film?! I guarantee you anyone complaining absolutely would.

Lysette, in particular, cites not being able to be in the same room as Johansson or Jennifer Lawrence for acting roles: It's why she's so upset. Let's take a step back, shall we? Is Lysette a household name? No. Is Lysette on the level of talent such as two leading Hollywood Actresses? Not yet. So, Lysette, you shouldn't be in the same room as them because you have not yet proved to be on the radar of someone who has worked for years in this industry. I'll be the first to admit I think the aforementioned Clayton has loads of talent, but once again, I cannot see any of the Transgender Actresses complaining over the casting choice in any mainstream role at least in the upcoming year. Why? Because they have yet to pay their dues to the industry.

Example: Do you think Jennifer Aniston was complaining she wasn't in the same room with the Hollywood Hot List when she was in her early 20s and took a leading role in the B-Horror film, Leprechaun? Probably! But she wasn't crying over it. She moved forward!

Unfortunately, I cannot think of a Transgender Male Actor besides Chaz Bono; are all Transgender men's roles to be only directed to him? This is acting, which so many people are separating from real life. If you'd like to see incredible, literally, stunning acting from the Transgender community, I advise you to watch Ryan Murphy's Pose – which Lysette is a character on! - and is arguably the best Summer 2018 television.

In closing, the whole film should be scrapped because the complaints have absolutely ruined it. But, there shouldn't have been commotion from the peanut gallery in the first place. I understand Transgender Actors want the door to be opened for them to earn and have roles. However, I think people need to understand that acting is a job. This isn’t a film plot where someone gets picked up off the street. If you’re putting in the time and work to get roles, they will come to you.

Writer's Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine or it's other Contributors.