Is it wrong to cast a cisgender man in a transgender role? | The Tylt
"American Horror Story" actor Matt Bomer has been cast as a transgender female sex worker in Mark Ruffalo's new film Anything. Many in the trans community are upset with the choice—cisgender men are so frequently cast as trans women, whereas trans actors are almost never cast in cisgender roles. Why not cast a trans actor as a trans character? Hollywood is infamous for casting white actors as people of color—is casting a cis man in a trans role just "transface" (another form of blackface)? Or is Bomer simply fulfilling the job of an actor in portraying a fictional character? Vote below!
Is it wrong to cast a cisgender man in a transgender role?
"It's called 'acting'!"— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) September 4, 2016
-600 years of straight white dudes defending their right to play all roles, and rarely to empower others to do so