July 09, 2020
Halle Berry recently shared that she is interested to play a transgender man in an upcoming movie during an IGTV interview, but the netizens were not pleased.
Halle Berry recently revealed that she was considering playing the role of a transgender man in an upcoming film. Netizens on Twitter met her remarks with extreme backlash for two reasons.
Over the past weekend, Berry chatted with hairstylist Christin Brown and talked about why she wanted to play the role. The project came across her path years ago but she was sidelined so she could star in and direct "Bruised," her first directorial movie.
Halle Berry at the special screening of "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" on May 15, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
NETIZENS DON'T APPROVE
During the chat, Berry misgendered the character by using the wrong pronouns to describe a trans man. She referred to him as "she/her" throughout the interview and some netizens were quick to point that out in their tweets.
The actress shared during the interview that the character is a woman that transitioned into a man and that she seemed interesting to her.
Berry then said that the protagonist changes to a man, referring to them as "it."
Berry added that she wanted to understand the world of transgender people and to dive deep into the project as she did in "Bruised." She also mentioned how the new project will require her to cut off her hair.
WHY THE INTERNET WAS ENRAGED
The actress excitedly said that she wanted to experience and study the world of the protagonist. She went on to add how it is important for her to tell stories, especially ones that involve females.
Berry then said that the protagonist changes to a man, referring to them as "it." One of the netizens was quick to point out how wrong it was of her to refer to a human being as "it" in their tweet.
Continuing to share why she wanted to play the role so much, Berry said that she simply wanted to know the why and how of the protagonist's story.
Twitter was enraged over the fact that Berry's misguided notions about gender led her to refer to a trans mas as "female." However, her misunderstanding barely came as a surprise to many since Hollywood's history of representing trans people has not exactly been fair.
Berry, who previously clapped back at haters after they criticized her for letting her young son wear heels, was also criticized for being inconsiderate since the role would be better suited to be played by a trans man.
However, some users also opined that an actor's job is to play any character they want to because it is the very essence of acting. They thought that there was no harm in Berry playing a trans woman because she is a woman as well.
This is not the first time that an actor was criticized for choosing to play the role of a trans person. In 2018, actress Scarlette Johansson was slammed for sharing that she was planning to portray a trans man in "Rub and Tug."
Berry apologized to the netizens with a Tweet, saying that she understands how she should not have considered playing the role as a cisgender woman. She also shared that she will continue to learn from her mistake.