Halle Berry pulls out of transgender role following backlash
Halle Berry has pulled out of a part in an upcoming film in which after facing online criticism she was expected to play a transgender woman.
In a live interview with Instagram on Friday, the actress said she hadn’t been officially cast for the part but was planning for it.
“[It’s] a story in which a woman is a trans-actor, so she’s a woman who has become a male. She is a character in a project I love to do, “Berry had said. She added she would like to take a “deep dive” into “that culture,” presumably referring to the trans community.
Berry faced online criticism, however, after the character was misgendered several times during the interview.
Others have said transgender community members should be allowed to play transgender roles.
She issued an apology on Monday night and pulled out of the position, saying “the transgender community will definitely have a chance to tell their own stories.”
She wrote: “I had the opportunity over the weekend to address my consideration of a potential role as a transgender man and I would like to apologize for those remarks.
“As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.
“I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”
Halle Berry’s initial statement attracted the attention of the Netflix documentary’s Twitter page “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Film.” The show looks at Hollywood’s representation of transgender people and their stories.
The account of the documentary invited Halle Berry to watch the film in order to “understand how cis actors like yourself acting in trans roles have significant offscreen cultural repercussions.”
The account has thanked her for “listening and learning” after Berry ‘s apology.
The LGBTQ rights group GLAAD also replied by saying “We are grateful that Halle Berry has listened to and learned from transgender people’s concerns. Many influential individuals will do likewise. Watching ‘Disclosure’ to learn about trans media coverage is a good place to start.