Rhys Ernst, an Emmy-nominated trans director and filmmaker, told The Hollywood Reporter: “Scarlett deciding to pull out was a good example of listening to the community and that was the right thing to do.”
“It says a lot about Scarlett Johansson. That actually makes me a little emotional because it’s not an easy industry for trans women. It’s not an easy industry for trans men,” said Transparent and Lopez actress Rain Valdez to THR.
Trans actress Jen Richards (Nashville, Her Story) said to THR: “I’m going to assume what she says in the statement, which is clearly very well-crafted by a team of very smart people, was nonetheless in earnest.”
And trans artist Zachary Drucker explained: “We are so troubled and so ravaged by feeling ignored, by feeling exploited, by feeling that our stories are not our own.”
Trans actress Trace Lysette tweeted:
Oh word?? So you can continue to play us but we can’t play y’all? Hollywood is so fucked… I wouldn’t be as upset if I was getting in the same rooms as Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett for cis roles, but we know that’s not the case. A mess. https://t.co/s8gBlBI1Sw
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) July 4, 2018
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) July 13, 2018