Hollywood is getting two thumbs down from LGBTQ critics for a new movie featuring transface. According to LGBTQ Nation, the movie Anything will star actor Matt Bomer (who is not transgender) in the role of Freda Von Rhenberg.
Variety shares that the movie is based on a play of the same name. In it, Bomer plays a transgender sex worker.
Backlash was heard throughout social media about the casting. "Cis actor Matt Bomer will play trans sex worker in a new film bc cis people need awards," said one writer.
"Again & again cis men play trans women in media with the furthest reach, are rewarded for it, & tell the world trans women are 'really' men," added Jen Richards.
The site points out the phenomenon of cisgender actors playing transgender roles is nothing new. The common practice in Hollywood has included stars like Jared Leto, Jeffrey Tambor and Hillary Swank.
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