Scarlett Johansson pulls out of Rub & Tug

What a fortnight it’s been for ScarJo! From the jump, it was off to a rocky start: it was announced that she would star as Dante “Tex” Gill, a trans man, in a new biopic about the massage parlor mogul called Rub & Tug. It was not good. There were memes. Then, earlier this week, news broke that after years of speculation, Marvel was indeed moving forward on a standalone Black Widow film. Finally, today, it ends with a denouement: Johansson released an exclusive statement to Out magazine saying she’d dropped out of her casting as Gill. Her words, in full:

In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding…

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