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Halle Berry rejects transgender film role due to online criticism

14:47, 07 July 2020 25
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Halle Berry has pulled out of a role in an upcoming film in which she would play a transgender character after facing backlash online, the Variety reports.


‘[It’s] a character where the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man. She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing,’ Berry had said. She added that she wanted to take a ‘deep dive’ into ‘that world,’ likely referring to the trans community.

However, Berry faced backlash online after misgendering the character multiple times during the interview.

On July 6 night, she issued an apology and pulled out of the role, saying ‘the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.’

‘Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks. As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,’ she wrote. ‘I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and will continue to listen, educate, and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.’

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