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Is Scarlett Johansson treated unfairly?

Scarlett Johansson is catching heat for comments she made in a recent interview. The "Avengers" actress was quoted saying "I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job." The actress has been criticized in the past for accepting roles that take jobs away from people of color and the LGBTQIA community. Some are defending Johansson and agree she should be allowed to play any role she wants. Others believe by playing people of color or a trans person she is not only whitewashing their stories, but she is also contributing to the marginalization of those communities. Is Scarlett Johansson treated unfairly?

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Those defending Johansson believe she should be able to play any role, because it is literally her job. Writer Daniella Greenbaum formally at Business Insider left her job over defending the star who she felt was unfairly criticized. Fox News reported the writer left Business Insider when they took down a piece she wrote defending the actress. Greenbaum wrote:

“The job of an actor is to represent someone else... Johansson's identity off the screen is irrelevant to the identities she plays on the screen,” Greenbaum wrote in the now-deleted column. The Daily Beast reported that “some employees were offended by the column” and it was swiftly removed from the website as a result.
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Activists called out Johansson when she accepted the role of a trans person. She has since declined the role, but initially, activists argued that by accepting the role in "Rub and Tug," Johansson is taking away roles from trans actors. Marcus Gilmer of Mashable wrote Johansson is contributing to the marginalization of trans people.

Prominent transgender actors took their issues with the casting to Twitter. For them, the problem is multi-layered: Cisgender actors are paid to play trans people, but trans actors aren't cast in cisgender roles, and just because other actors had been applauded for trans roles in the past, doesn't mean the poor decision-making should continue.  
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