Matt Bomer will play a trans sex worker in a new movie, because of course he will
Another transgender awards-baity role goes to a cisgender actor.
Oh, goodie. It’s happening again. Matt Bomer, a cisgender out gay male actor, has signed on to play a transgender woman who’s a sex worker in the upcoming movie Anything. Again, we’re doing this. From Mic:
A lot of parallels exist between this casting decision in this role and Jared Leto’s casting as Rayon in the Dallas Buyers Club. Both roles are iterations of a very old stock character: the “hooker with the heart of gold.” However, as such stock characters, they only exist to serve the emotional arc of the protagonist, a cisgender male. Like Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, the character is portrayed by a cisgender actor.
Characters like these are huge awards bait — for example, see Leto’s Oscar. But, once again, it’s cisgender men who are more apt to get praise for playing transgender women than transgender women themselves.
Sure, there are not enough stories about transgender people being told in the media, but trans characters should be played by trans actors. It’s that simple.
It’s horrifically offensive that Hollywood would rather give the recognition and accolades to another attractive white cis guy rather than let a trans woman have the spotlight. Shame, shame, shame.