About About Ray
Okay so one of the biggest arguements I’ve heard is how dare they have a cis-female actor play a trans-male character. Right?
I would like to point out that when Orange is the New Black used Laverne Cox’s twin (cisgender-male) brother to portray her pre-transition you all were SO proud of their choice because they were respecting her and refused to have her appear male. They didn’t want to put her through that AND they wanted the character to actually look PRE-TRANSITION.
Now, About Ray is about a young PRE-TRANSITION boy. I know that I would not want to see a post-transition guy being made to play this part, and yeah, they could have found a pre-transition guy maybe, but I know personally, I would hate having a film out with pre-transition me if I was planning on transitioning especially if that was my first role. Not to mention, a lot of pre-transition guys do not have the acting expertise that these actors they’ve casted do. This is a really good cast, and from what I’ve seen Elle Fanning is going to do this role justice.
I’m not saying it would have been impossibe to find actors - good ones - who are actually pre-transition trans males. HOWEVER I think it’s preposterous for you to criticize and boycott a film that can do so much good just because they use a cisgender actor to portray a transgender character. Firstly for the reason I already mentioned, and secondly because your other option is to not have the movie at all. This film can do a lot of good things for the trans-masculine community. How about you sit down, shuttup, and give it a chance. If it sends the wrong message, or is handled horribly or whatever, yes. Throw a shit-fit and speak your mind. But don’t judge it before you’ve seen it just because they didn’t use a trans actor.