Although award shows have often faced criticism for their blind lack of diversity, last night’s Emmy stage became a worthwhile platform to discuss Hollywood’s representation issue.
As Jeffrey Tambor took the stage for the second year in a row to accept an award for his role as a transgender woman on Transparent, he asked that Hollywood stop casting cisgender actors in trans roles. “Please give transgender talent a chance,” he said. “Give them auditions. Give them their story. I just hope there are more opportunities for transgender talent. I would very much like to be the last cisgender male playing a transgender female.”
His laudable comments come after Michelle Rodriguez faced backlash for playing a trans male in her new movie, Re(Assignment), which resulted in her telling the trans community to “calm down.” What’s perhaps more frustrating is her ignorant commentary about the character she plays—a man “stuck in a newly sex changed body”—and how she’s challenging the “status quo” by taking on such an “edgy” role.
Rodriguez alone is validation for Tambor’s Emmy plea.
Heheheh at TIFF promoting ‘TomBoy A Revengers Tale’ producers are convinced the new movie title should be re-assignment but I’ll stick to the title I signed on to shoot… ‘Tomboy’. It’s in the B Movie genre, a culture shock pic, shot like a ‘film Noir’ graphic novel. I played a male assassin for four days in the movie, boy was that beard itchy. Then out revenge, a twisted Doctor played by Sigourney Weaver decides to take my character’s manhood away with a sex change to teach him a lesson. I never felt more like a woman than when I played a man. For the rest of the film I was a man stuck in a newly operated sex changed body. I had fake boob covers to look like man implants & I wore a fake hairy ‘mangina’ which you can’t really see cause they made it so hairy. In retrospect I’m I glad took the plunge, the industry seems to be running low on edgy creativity & ‘real take a chance’ controversy, sometimes it makes me want to scream, instead I did what I always do when I’m bored with the ‘status quo’, I shot crazy b movie Indy to express my frustration. I wish I had more than a few weeks to prepare for this flic, I would have gained a lot more weight, & we would have made some hairy arms to match my Mediterranean look. I feel that my skinny build sometimes comes off hermaphoditic in the film, especially when you add the crazy male chest for the nude sequences. Lol hope y’all will enjoy the flic sometime, when we sell it of course… It’s interesting to say the least.