Scarlett Johansson Responds to Backlash Over Transgender Role

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Scarlett Johansson said all actors should be able to take whatever role they want, regardless of race or gender.

Johansson received backlash last year after taking a role in a movie as a transgender character, according to Mirror. She ended up stepping down from the role, but maintains that an actor should be able to play whoever they want.

"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,” Johansson told As If magazine. “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." 

Twitter users are saying Johansson’s comments “diminish the importance” of transgender visibility in Hollywood.