Scarlett Johansson ‘Made A Career’ Out Of ‘Embarrassing’ Controversies
Title: Scarlett Johansson ‘Made A Career’ Out Of ‘Embarrassing’ Controversies
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Scarlett Johansson is finally laying it out there with her past controversies while jokingly admitting that she has “made a career out of it.”
Speaking to UK magazine The Gentlewoman the 36 year old actress makes a joke about her missteps while admitting that there is an embarrassing feeling when the gaffes come out publicly.
“Everyone has a hard time admitting when they’re wrong about stuff, and for all of that to come out publicly, it can be embarrassing,” Scarlett Johansson told the outlet.
She goes on to add, given who she is, that she is going to have opinions about things and realises that she can be off the mark.
“To have the experience of, ‘Wow, I was really off mark there,’ or, ‘I wasn’t looking at the big picture,’ or, ‘I was inconsiderate,’ ” Johansson told The Gentlewoman. “I’m also a person.”
The actress has of course been off the mark a few times and has often had to apologize. In 2017 the actress was accused of whitewashing with her casting in “Ghost in the Shell” which was based on a Japanese animated film and many felt should have gone to an Asian actress. She had told Marie Claire that it wasn’t her intention to take the character away from an Asian actor. “Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive,” she said.
In 2018 the actress faced backlash about her casting for “Rub and Tug” where many felt that a cisgender woman should not play a transgender man. She initially defended the decision saying;
“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. There are a lot of social lines being drawn now, and a lot of political correctness is being reflected in art.”
However, after receiving heavy criticism the actress stepped down and later in 2019 admitted that she had ‘Mishandled’ Her Transgender casting Backlash for her role and that she had felt terrible.
Speaking to The Gentlewoman in March 2021 the actress goes on to talk about how she should try not to voice some opinions and recognise when “its not your turn to speak”. “I can be reactive. I can be impatient. That doesn’t mix that great with self-awareness.”
She does however go on to say that there shouldn’t be a public expectation of consistently remaining politically correct.
“Some people want to, but the idea that you’re obligated to because you’re in the public eye is unfair. You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor. Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art. That is what your job is.
“Of course, whatever you say, whether it’s politically correct or not, any statement you make, or how you live your life, people are obviously going to take issue with it.
We judge each other all the time. We judge ourselves constantly. I think people equate that connectivity to being self-aware. To me, it’s different from being self-aware. And reacting to everything that’s coming at them through this f**king thing,” holding up her smartphone, “your sense of reality is completely skewed. It’s not normal to be that exposed. You can be exposed whenever you’re in the public eye, but to then be on the receiving end, like a raw nerve, of all this stuff back? It’s too much!”