Confused fans of the Netflix show The Umbrella Academy have called it "insane political correctness" that Elliot Page will continue to play a female character despite appearing as a transgender man when it is considered unfair for cis people to be trans To play roles.
On Tuesday, Elliot – best known for his role as Juno when he played a pregnant teenage girl and named Ellen – announced that he was transgender and that his pronouns were "him and her".
He was widely hugged by Hollywood; Stars like Ellen DeGeneres congratulated him and Netflix announced that he would stay in his role as Vanya Hargreaves, a cisgender lesbian, at the Umbrella Academy, which he has held for two seasons.
While many praised Netflix for the decision, wondering whether showwriters would turn Vanya's character into transgender, others questioned it and shared their confusion.
They asked if it was hypocritical to have a transgender person playing a cisgender role when the opposite is seen as unfair and discriminatory towards transactors.
On Tuesday, actress Ellen Page announced that she was a transgender man who now identifies as Elliot. He retains his role as Vanya Hargreaves, a cisgender lesbian at Umbrella Academy (above).
I'm all for making him happy, but it's another example of insane political correctness.
We now have a straight man playing a gay woman on TV and yet people are screaming for representation and non-bias, ”said a Twitter user.
"You really believe that if a non-trans person played a trans character, there would be no problem?"
Another said: “I feel uncomfortable that a man who lives now plays a woman.
"This is how I feel … I'm a huge fan of her or him. I don't know what to say."
Others were really confused.
"Vanya isn't trans, is she?" asked one.
Some suggested that the show's writers could "make her trans" to go with Elliot's announcement.
Others said it was Netflix's right decision.
They also argued with those who criticized the decision, saying that it was okay for a trans person to play a CIS person, but not the other way around, because trans actors usually lose their roles while CIS people are don't do this.
“There were maybe 225 trans-TV or movie characters in the world, and almost all of them were played by cisgender people.
"I'm pretty sure that if a couple of trans actors play cisgender characters in theory, no one will suffer," said one person.
& # 39; I'm so glad to see Netflix recognize this change and update their name. Good for you, ”said another.
In 2018, Scarlett Johansson retired from a transgender role in the film Rub & Tug after having a backlash as a cisgender.
Halle Berry and Scarlett Johansson have both previously resigned from their transgender roles after being convicted of their exam
Halle Berry also considered playing a transgender man, but pulled out after receiving criticism for doing so.
She then vowed to be an ally of the LGBTQ community.
In his announcement on Tuesday, Elliot said, “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he / she and my name is Elliot.
“I'm lucky enough to write that. To have arrived at this place in my life. & # 39;
Elliot, who won an Oscar for his role in the film Juno in 2008, asked his followers and fans to be "patient" and admitted that he was "afraid" of the "invasiveness, hate, jokes and violence". so that he can move forward.
"My job is real, but also fragile," said the actor, adding, "The truth is that although I am deeply happy right now and know how privileged I am, I am also afraid."
Elliot and his wife Emma Portner at a premiere in June 2019. Emma said she was "proud" of Elliot's announcement
"I'm lucky enough to write this": The 33-year-old actor took to Twitter Tuesday morning to share an emotional post with the reveal
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