Tweet of the Day: Mark Ruffalo ‘feels the trans community’s pain’ (which he single-handedly caused)

Tweet of the Day: Mark Ruffalo ‘feels the trans community’s pain’ (which he single-handedly caused)
Mark Ruffalo (Image: YouTube screen grab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)

Oh the perfidy! Mark Ruffalo, who is an actor, a director, a producer, and (according to Wikipedia) a “humanitarian and social activist,” just failed at several of those roles simultaneously.

Heat Street notes that Ruffalo is “under fire for producing a film in which a cisgendered actor has been cast as a transgender prostitute.” He came close, selecting a member of the LGBT community, but no cigar.

For his new film, “Anything,” Ruffalo cast Matt Bomer, who is gay, to play the part of a transgender hooker. And “The Ruffer” (as he is probably known to someone) is hearing from angry trannies everywhere, including one who tried out for the part:

One of his critics makes a curious claim about the possible repercussions of this move:

So how contrite is Ruffalo over his insensitivity? Contrite enough that he tweeted back:

Not so contrite, however, that he waited until he heard back from his peers before actually shooting the film with Bomer in the trans role.

Matt Bomer (Image: EW video screen grab)
Matt Bomer (Image: EW video screen grab)

Heat Street offers a sound rationale that Ruffalo might have fallen back on to assuage his critics. To loosely paraphrase, he could have said that a good actor can play any role and that by casting a good-looking star in this one, he was increasing the film’s box office. That, however, might have sounded a tad capitalistic for a liberal humanitarian and social activist.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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