keepcalmanddrinkwater asked: The reason Jared Leto received the role because he was the best choice for the role. No other reason. He was brilliant in the role and hating on it just because he isnt actually transgender is ridiculous. If a transgender had of auditioned maybe they could have gotten the role. But Jared must have been better , he is also already very famous. Matthew needed an experienced actor to back up his role. I see where youre coming from but stop hating on him x
If you think Jared Leto was the best person for this role, then you do not think very highly of trans people at all. When we cisgender people argue that Jared Leto was the “best choice for the role” we dismiss every single trans actor as an inferior choice for the role. We reinforce the stereotype of being transgender as a “performance” instead of a valid, marginalized, and misunderstood identity. You say Jared Leto is better, but you don’t even know enough about people who are transgender to use the terminology correctly.
You state Jared Leto was chosen for no other reason other than being “the best,” yet you then immediately go on to explain it is because Leto is “already very famous”? Why do you think that is? Perhaps his identity as a cisgender white man in Hollywood has afforded him opportunities denied to trans actors.
Dallas Buyers Club (despite all it’s flaws and stereotypes) was an opportunity for a transgender actor to play a breakthrough role—a role that may have led to other roles or an Oscar, a role that may have helped a trans actor achieve the same level of fame that Leto has.
Pointing out this inequity is not “hate.” Pointing out how this portrayal has harmed trans people by perpetuating stereotypes is not “hate.” Do not try to frame people who have been adversely affected by this performance as the haters. They are not the ones denying opportunities or spreading stereotypes.
Again, Hollywood applauded Jared Leto for playing trans even while it punishes and discriminates against trans actors for being trans.
This is all very valid and everything but honestly, you’re denying an actor the right to excel and be applauded in a role because of his gender identity? Because that is what is happening to Jared Leto here. And it is also what is being complained about.
You say that we are enforcing the thought of “playing” a trans person. Even if a trans person had gotten the role, they would still be “playing” a trans person, it’s a film for gods sake. The actor being the same gender identity as the character is irrelevant, which is fantastic for trans actors as they can be placed in roles that have nothing to do with them being trans and therefore there is less marginalisation. However, when a cis guys is acting trans, he is criticised for not being the same gender identity?
It would be fantastic to have more mainstream trans actors but that doesn’t make banning someone else from a role right.
Please explain how Jared Leto is being denied “the right to excel and be applauded in a role because of his gender identity.” He was cast in one of the rare trans character roles of the decade. He just won an Oscar. He is a cis white man, which means that he demographically matches the characteristics of over 80% of first billed/lead roles in Hollywood.
If the “actor being the same gender identity of the character is irrelevant,” why is it that trans actors have a hard time being cast in even trans roles (before we even look at cis character roles?)
What do you mean by “acting trans”? Who is banning Jared Leto from a role he was already cast in and awarded for?
Why are you more concerned about opportunities for Jared Leto than opportunities for trans actors?
Considering that the movie director himself explicitly stated that he did not allow trans actresses to even audition for the role, the most you can accurately say is that Jared Leto was the best cis man who auditioned. You can’t actually claim that he was the “best choice”, because the auditions were artificially restricted in the first place.