It looks like Halle Berry didn’t get the latest memo on representation in media; do not play a transgender person unless you are transgender person. Period.
In an Instagram Live interview this past week, the actress discussed a potential opportunity to play a transgender man in an upcoming film. This comment received a big backlash from the transgender community and their allies.
“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks,” the actress said in a statement posted to Twitter. “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 conversations over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake,” she continued. “I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”
You could argue, “aren’t actors supposed to play anything they are not?” Yes, that’s a valid point, however, how many transgender actors do you see playing cisgenders? None. So if we play that card, we need to play it both ways – and clearly that’s not happening.