Scarlett Johansson and the Controversy of Trans Actors

There is currently some negative talk about Scarlett Johansson accepting the role of a trans man in a new movie. Trans activists are upset at this because, according to them, a trans role should only be played by a trans actor.

While I respect their opinions, I must disagree with them.

If, in fact, trans roles should only be played by trans actors, then Indiana Jones should only have been played by a real archaeologist, Peter Parker should only have been played by a real teenager bitten by a real radioactive spider and the role of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter should only have been played by the real Loretta Lynn. Linda Hunt should return the Oscar she was awarded for playing a man in The Year of Living Dangerously, because there were plenty of real men available for the role. Christoph Waltz should return the Oscar he was awarded for playing a Nazi in Inglorious Basterds, because there were plenty of real Nazis available for the role. And so on.

These activists must not fully understand three basic things about the movie business:

  1. The whole point of acting is pretending to be someone you are not.
  2. A star like Scarlett Johansson can green-light a major motion picture. A relatively unknown trans actor cannot.
  3. Motion Picture studios are in the business of making money, not shining a light on social injustice.

The Immigration Debate Isn’t About Immigration

It’s about old white people terrified that the America they remember — one with a white majority — is gone. In its place is an America where white people are in the minority.

The immigration debate is about racism. Yes, these old white peoples are racists. They believe that white is good and any other color is bad.

Remember the 1930s Germany that believed in keeping the German race “pure?” Remember the lengths they went through to make that happen?

Wrong then, wrong now.

Politics or Profit?

I see Tim Allen is still whining about his show Last Man Standing being cancelled because of his conservative political beliefs.

I don’t work in the television industry but I know that politics is not the key factor in a show being renewed or cancelled. Networks must be profitable if they are to exist. If a show isn’t profitable, it gets cancelled, no matter what the political affiliation of its star.

I don’t have knowledge of the profit/loss statement for your show, but I bet if it were profitable, it would have been renewed by ABC or picked up by another network, cable station or streaming service.

A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

There’s a lot of talk nowadays about freedom of speech and the NFL and people who protest. It seems to me that there’s a simple solution to this problem.
Here’s the first amendment to the US Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
By adding just four words, we can clarify what is apparently a confusing statement:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech — except at sporting events — or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
All we have to do is change the Constitution, which is probably a relatively easy thing to do.
You’re welcome.

President Trump Had a Busy Month

In the last four weeks, President Drumpf (the CEO President who, according to President Drumpf, knows more about business than anybody else):
Fires Reince Priebus
Hires John Kelly
Hires “The Mooch”
Fires “The Mooch”
Hires fourth communications director
Publicly shames AG Sessions
“Repeal and replace” fails
Shames Republicans who voted against it
Tweets transgender military ban
Gets political in Boy Scout speech
Makes up Boy Scout leader call
Makes up Mexican President call
Thanks Putin for expelling Americans
Begrudgingly signs Russia sanctions, then blasts Congress for it
Condemns, then endorses anonymous White House leaks
Encourages cops to rough up suspects
Publicly shames Mitch McConnell
Embraces unpassable immigration plan
Threatens North Korea with nukes
Tells Guam it’ll help tourism
Bannon says no military option
Threatens Venezuela
Blames “both sides” in Charlottesville
Denounces white supremacists
Back to blaming both sides
Says “fine people” at Nazi rally
Shames CEOs who ditch business councils
Two business councils disband
Retweets right-wing conspiracy theorist
Considers Sheriff Arpaio pardon
Promotes his Charlottesville winery
Pushes myth during terror attack
Receives condemnations from:
Democrats
Republicans
The last two Republican Presidents
World leaders
Allies
His own staff
And the Pope.
(Thanks to CNN for compiling the list. Good job, Real News!)