The actress said that “the art should be free” of the restrictions imposed by the “trend” on political correctness – and caused a flurry of criticism.
Scarlett Johansson spoke about the impact of public opinion on film making and casting in an interview with As If magazine . According to the actress, political correctness has rightly become a trend in cinema, but sometimes this leads to limitations that should not exist in art.
Being an actress, I have to be free to choose a role — and play any person, tree or animal, because that is my job.
It seems to me that political correctness has become a trend in cinema, and this should have happened due to various social factors. However, when [political correctness] begins to influence the artistic intent, then it becomes inappropriate – because art, in my opinion, should be free from limitations.Scarlett Johanssonactress
Scarlett Johansson also stressed that “society will become more cohesive and united if it does not tell people how to feel.”
The words of the actress caused a squall of criticism on social networks – users reproached Scarlett Johansson for selfishness and hypocrisy, since in 2018 she abandoned the role of transgender in the film Rub and Tug after a negative reaction from the LGBT community.
Then the actress explained her rejection of the role by saying that her appointment “was insensitive” towards transgender people.
Am repinning this to my profile because ScarJo has learned nothing. Am definitely NOT watching ‘Black Widow’ or any future project of hers. https://t.co/bKLi9fsiuX— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) 13 July 2019
Scarlett Johansson has not learned anything. I absolutely will NOT watch “The Black Widow” and other films with her participation.
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? https://t.co/vB0g2SlatA— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) 13 July 2019
Let me remind you that Scarlett Johansson – the highest paid actress in 2018, who earned 40.5 million dollars. And while she wants to take away the role of Asian actors, transgender and other minority representatives?
*character who's a minority*— gabe (@zakiyamahara) 13 July 2019
scarlett johansson: pic.twitter.com/he4DWUSWdc
* character who belongs to a social minority * Scarlett Johansson: “I was born for this”
scarlett johansson’s next roles talking to each other pic.twitter.com/dLlTpku6Ca— sutton (@nasaromanovas) 13 July 2019
Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming roles communicate with each other
Twitter users also started joking about how Scarlett Johansson would have looked like a tree, and invited her to play algae in the movie “The Little Mermaid”.
OMG guys I met scarlett johansson !!! pic.twitter.com/nFzJRRJgJp— mina (@captainwilscn) 13 July 2019
Guys, I met Scarlett Johansson!
Congratulations to Scarlett with his role in The Little Mermaid!
Scarlett Johansson getting ready to infiltrate the aliens in Area 51 pic.twitter.com/rnFaPHTRCk— omar ???? (@jiminsmr) 13 July 2019
Scarlett Johansson is preparing to penetrate into the ranks of aliens on the basis of “Zone 51”
Scarlett Johansson also previously criticized Motoko Kusanagi for playing the anime and manga version of The Ghost in the Shell. Users of social networks then said that the role should have been given to an Asian actress.
In response, Scarlett Johansson retorted that Motoko Kusanagi is actually a heroine without a personality that any actress can play – and stressed that she herself would “never have attempted to play a person of another race”