bmochopp asked: (About what you said in the HeForShe ask) Genuine question here: What's the problem with Jared Leto playing a transwoman? I mean okay he's not trans but??? acting??? i mean a lot of actors play gay characters without being gay?? The whole process of acting is pretending to be someone you're not, so what's the deal?
Because representation? There are dozens, if not hundreds of trans women who could’ve easily played that role. Candis Cayne plays a trans woman on Elementary. Laverne Cox plays a trans woman on Orange is the New Black. Why couldn’t have a trans woman played the role that Jared Leto took? Cis men have absolutely no place playing trans women, het people shouldn’t be playing gay people, white people shouldn’t be playing POC. There are so many underprivileged actors who could be taking those roles instead of giving them to the white/cis/het actors who are just seeing these roles as a job, as a costume, an act, instead of a reality.
Jared Leto won a freaking award for doing something he will never actually experience in the real world. And it’s the same thing for all het actors winning awards for gay roles - and I mean roles where they play the ~hardships~ of being MOGAI rather than just being a character who is gay. It’s not progressive and it’s a form of bigotry towards MOGAI people. There are MOGAI people who could have that role and they’re not getting the jobs for things they’ve actually experienced.