In the past few years, Scarlett Johansson has taken some serious heat for a few roles she’s taken on, and it seems she is ready push back. First, she got slammed for accepting the role of Major Mira Killian in 2017’s Ghost in Her Shell, seeing as the character was based on a Japanese manga. Then, she dropped out of the film Rub & Tug, after she was dragged for taking on the role of a trans man.
Still, she doesn’t really see what the fuss is about. She told As If (via Daily Mail) that “political correctness” is to blame for the uproar, and that she should be free to accept any role she wants.
Johansson said: “You know, 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.”
She continued: “I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions. I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, her perspective went down like a lead balloon on Twitter. Wrote Nancy Wang Yuen: “ScarJo is the highest paid female actor in 2018, banking $40.5 mil. But she feels entitled to take roles away from Asian, Trans & other underrepresented actors?”