According to the Hollywood Reporter, some actor of whom I’ve never heard got heckled at some award show for playing a trans female in some movie of which I haven’t heard either. Hollywood actors are a dime a dozen, and most of them couldn’t hold a candle to the classically-trained artists who are the creme of the crop of the acting world in Britain! (Yes, I have this preposterous British actor fetish! See: Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, the great Hugo Weaving, James Purefoy, Timothy Dalton… the list goes on and on!)
So why am I writing about Jared Leto?
Because the actor who played a trans female in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club” (yeah, I had to look it up too) apparently got heckled at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuosos Award tribute by some feminist twunt, whose field of study in college obviously included courses such as “The Oppressed Wymyn in 20th Century Literature,” and “The Penis – Dominant Weapon of Subjugation,” decided to create a brand new class of victims right there, in the middle of the ceremony: the cruelly suffering transgendered at the hands of trans-misogynist!
“Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award,” said the unidentified woman…
The woman continued the back-and-forth, arguing that straight people always play transgendered characters and receive awards for it. Leto repeated his argument that by the heckler’s logic, only straight actors could play straight roles.
Kudos to Jared Leto, who played an HIV positive, transgender woman named Rayon in the film. He engaged the wymyn and used logic to take down her irrational, embarrassing screeching.
“Then you’ve made sure people that are gay, people that aren’t straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts of that art,” Leto said to big applause from the audience.
He offered to continue the conversation with the heckler backstage after the end of the Q&A session, which also featured fellow Virtuosos honorees Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and June Squibb (Nebraska).
Leto met with the heckler and her friend afterwards, where the trio had a cordial conversation for about 15 minutes.
I’m curious why this shrew decided that a straight actor cannot portray a transgendered woman, because if he does, that makes every transgendered woman a victim of his hatred. How does an actor putting himself into the body and soul of a transgendered woman equate to the dictionary definition of misogyny (hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women)?
And why do we, as a society, breed more and more of these ignorami to whom everything is an affront – an offense – a violent attempt at victimization?
Kudos to Leto for showing this hysterical harridan the logical conclusion of her histrionics.
The whole point of acting is stepping outside oneself and literally putting oneself into the shoes of someone else – someone who may be completely different from who you are. Truly talented actors are few and far between. Acting requires a certain profound empathy of which very few are capable. The talent is to step into that character and become someone else.
If only trannies are to play trannies, what is the point of acting? What’s the point of this particular art, if portraying a character that is the complete polar opposite of you are is to be regarded as hateful or misogynistic? Why should it be taboo to explore a complex character if you are male, merely because said character is a transgendered woman?
Why? Because we have created a society of victims and victim-sympathizers. And if they’re not shrieking about some perceived injustice, their lives hold very little meaning.
Good for Leto for maintaining his cool.
I would have kicked her in the labia.