Lately, political correctness seems to have become a dirty word. A lot of people say it's annoying, it's ugly, it's about freedom of speech, and it's about me. Scarlett JoHansson has resigned as transgender character Dante "Tex" Gill, who has been backlashed by the LGBT community for saying she shouldn't be transgender. In a July interview, she said: "An actor should be allowed to play any role, any tree, any animal. Art should be immune to political correctness. Is that true? Let's see what she says.
Lately, "politically correct" seems to be a dirty word. A lot of people say that political correctness is annoying, that it brings ugly works, that it oppresses freedom of speech, and that it's a matter of my own. But is that really the case?
Last year, Scarlett Johansson announced the resignation of Dante "Tex" Gill, a transgender character from the film Rub and Tug. The reason is that the selection has been met with a backlash from the LGBT community and netizens, who argue that job opportunities for transgender actors are so scarce that white women should no longer compete, especially one who is hugely different from the original and fits in perfectly with the mainstream aesthetic. In July, scarlett joHansen and artist David Salle discussed the boundaries of art. She said:
An actress should play any role she can play, any tree, any animal. Art should be immune to political correctness.
The remark caused a stir. Many people are puzzled, in the end, the "political right" trend, really "overdone"? What kind of relationship can be established between artistic or popular text and political correctness?
Restoring the interview scene: "I think any actor can play the role she wants to play, even a tree. "
In the August issue of As If magazine, Jo Hansen said she found a "trend" of picking corners that encouraged any discussion of the choice of multiple integrations, Vox reported.
"There's a lot of dialogue today, and when it comes to acting, we want to see more actors who represent specific groups. She told David Salle. "But the question is, what is the essence of acting? Isn't it just to figure out, reproduce stories that aren't out of her real experience, and share them with the general audience?
"You know, as an actor, I should be allowed to play anyone, any tree, any animal, because that's my job, and that's what it's about. She said. (You know, as an actor i want be leted to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because because is my job and the r r equirements of my job,
"I think (political correctness) is a trend in my business, and for a variety of social reasons, this has to happen, but political correctness does have uncomfortable times when it affects art, because I think art has to be unrestricted." (Extended reading: The First Case in Hollywood betweenthe D.Amp;I Strategies! Warner Bros. promises "D'amp;I Multi-Clause" to guarantee actor's racial percentage
The interview drew immediate criticism. Some believe she is fighting back against last year's debate over the selection of Rub and Tug. Twitter was full of objections, including the idea that she was comparing transgender roles to animal tree roles ("Do you mean, is it as challenging to play transgender as an animal?" Why does she think the world is "very free" when women play 007 are still under attack? Even, there are netizens who really turn her P into a tree. (Extended reading: Pound is still Pound, but he's no longer 007 anymore: Why women play 007, scaring a bunch of viewers)
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After the interview, she hurriedly clarified her meaning:
"I personally feel that in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play any role, in any form, and immune to political correctness. That's what I'm trying to say. Although it doesn't seem to be so understood. 」
"Of course, not every actor gets as many opportunities as I do. I will continue to support diversity in the industry and ensure that everyone is included. (Extended reading: Roaring Trump! Scarlett Johansson's Feminist Speech: Not everyone has privileges like the president's daughter.
Perhaps the "ideal world" that Scarlets adored on behalf of Scarlett Johansson has yet to come. From this, we have also seen that in these days, everyone talks about "political correctness" and seems to be afraid of offending any minority.
Do we need political correctness in 2019?
A CNN commentary said: "No one in this world has ever stopped Scarlett from playing trees. What they refused was that she wanted to play a transgender character. The difference between the two lies in the fact that the opportunities for class and ethnic group are not equal. It's easy to get angry when some transgender actresses are still fighting for a handful of opportunities to get her heartless comments.
But perhaps, as Scarlett is right, when politically correct influence is big enough to reach the film and television industry, it does cause some people's discomfort. Art works, too, should also get rid of all kinds of constraints and pursue universal human experience. (Extended Reading:The Age Of Key Minorities: As a Minority, You Have to Be Committed to Changing Discrimination)
There are no absolute good people or bad people on this issue. Political correctness and artistic freedom are certainly not zero-sum games. Hopefully, one day, any actor of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation will have the right to fight for any role. (Same-field release:"Human Love Letter" to Scarlett JoHanson: Do the love of things, the most attractive)