We’re not sure if NowThis shot this video before or after learning that Scarlett Johansson had dropped out of a film about a trans man “in light of recent ethical questions raised,” but in either case, trans culture critic E. Oliver Whitney explains why Johansson playing the part would have “erased a marginalized community.”

The outrage was justified for a number of reasons: Johansson was putting trans actors out of work while at the same time putting trans people at risk of violence by promoting the idea that being trans is nothing more than a change of clothes.


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