Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Controversial Casting Comments
A-list actress Scarlett Johansson sparks backlash by saying she’s allowed to play anything, even a tree.
Now the Hollywood heavyweight says her comments were taken out of context to create clickbait.
The quotes come from a new interview in ‘As If’ magazine.
Johansson was asked about political correctness and art and she reportedly responded by saying, “As an actor, I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.”
After that led to an uproar on Twitter, Johansson released a statement on Sunday saying she supports diversity.
She tried to clarify her comments, saying: “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. I recognize that in reality, there is a widespread 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.”
Johansson is no stranger to casting controversies.
She was hired to play a transgender man in a new movie last year but quit the role when some fans worried the role should have gone to a real trans actor.
Johansson also faced backlash in 2017, when she was cast to play a Japanese character in the sci-fi movie ‘Ghost In The Shell.’