Halle Berry: the latest victim of the culture police

Berry was hounded out of a potential film role as a trans character.

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The culture police strike again. Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has pulled out from an upcoming film for which she was considering playing a transgender character.

Berry was slammed for expressing interest in the role. Many on social media argued that the role should be given to a transgender actor. She was also accused of misgendering the character by referring to the fictional trans man as ‘her’ and ‘she’.

In a grovelling apology, Berry thanked her critics for their ‘guidance’ and promised she would be an ‘ally’ to trans people in the future.

This is madness. The whole basis of acting depends on people pretending to be someone they are not. But acting has long been under threat from identity politics.

In recent years, identitarians managed to force Scarlett Johansson to drop out of a similar role as a trans man from the film Rub and Tug. Jack Whitehall was slammed for being straight and playing a gay character in Jungle Cruise. Ruby Rose was slammed for being gay but ‘not gay enough’ to play Batwoman. Zoe Saldana was similarly considered ‘not black enough’ to play Nina Simone in a biopic.

The art of putting oneself into the shoes of another for the purpose of entertainment and art, if done well, requires empathy and sensitivity. But it is now apparently too offensive even to try.

This ugly, identitarian movement is a menace to art.

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Comments

dom torato

12th July 2020 at 7:40 am

Who cares. She’s a mediocre actress at best. We need to stop pandering to people who’s only skill is being able to read someone HERE► Read More

Andrew Mawdsley

10th July 2020 at 11:19 am

Who cares. She’s a mediocre actress at best. We need to stop pandering to people who’s only skill is being able to read someone else’s words.

The sooner these idiots realise that what they do and say has no bearing on anyone in real life the better. That way, hopefully we can move away from empowering these halfwits so that they’ll slink away to their movie sets and leave the rest of us alone.

Ecgbert King

9th July 2020 at 10:05 am

Jim Parsons playing a straight Sheldon Copper … when’s he gonna apologise?
David Hyde Pierce playing a straight Niles Crane,
Sara Gilbert playing Darlene
Dan Butler playing Bob Bulldog Briscoe
Ricky Martin
Ellen Page
Cynthia Nixon
Alan Cumming
…..etc….

Lot of apologising to be done in hollywood by those playing parts “outside” their identity…

Eric Lauder

8th July 2020 at 11:49 am

Really? Is this for real?
After countless articles shouting “men are not women!” you guys don’t have any credibility to complain about “identitarians” because you ARE an “identitarian”.

Anthony Christie

8th July 2020 at 12:00 am

I always take the bus. I’m trainsphobic.

Brandy Cluster

7th July 2020 at 11:09 pm

I want to know if Wilder’s “Some Like it Hot” will be going onto the hit-list and be banned? How can 2 men dress up as women and play comedy; it’s sinful and disgraceful!!! Sexist, misogynist, trans-phobic, racist (no blacks in it).

Brandy Cluster

7th July 2020 at 11:07 pm

When the Left starts eating itself such fun is to be had; pass the popcorn.

Stuart Hart

7th July 2020 at 10:26 pm

Who will be the voice for the next Shrek film? Or is it OK to be the wrong species, but not the wrong ‘gender’/’sexuality’?

Barbara Baker

8th July 2020 at 9:32 pm

Donkey would be problematic

Gordon Te Gopher

7th July 2020 at 6:30 pm

There must be some good trans actors and actresses out there. However I’ve seen a few who aren’t very good at all.

Snigger 😉

KATHLEEN CARR

7th July 2020 at 6:23 pm

Halle Berry knows what the stupid rules are at the moment (they will be something else in a few months ) , so perhaps she wanted the publicity so she could be seen to ask for forgiveness and be a penitant? There are various plays where women disguise as men but they rely on a fixed idea of a woman’s appearance at that time for Rosalind, Viola etc to be accepted as male. An interesting role for an actor would be Josephine Tey’s To Love and Be Wise where they have to play a man and a woman.

Rosie Maxima

7th July 2020 at 7:43 pm

As I mentioned below, part of me feels they seek these “character” roles to generate publicity in the first place and to show how open-minded they are at playing such a character. Now they are being beaten at their own game by the transactivists and no apology or submission will ever be enough. I saw one lady/man person on Twitter rebuke her for not having apologised for words conveying “misgendering” or something of the sort.

Brandy Cluster

7th July 2020 at 11:10 pm

She needs to get down on one knee: “father, forgive me for I have sinned”.

NEIL DATSON

7th July 2020 at 5:53 pm

If this sort of nonsense goes far enough, and actors are only allowed to play themselves, acting could become a wholly redundant craft and Hollywood put itself out of business altogether. On the other hand, I don’t suppose they’ve run into such difficulties in Bollywood yet.

Also, I wonder what could be next. Portraiture? ‘No you’re a left handed artist. You cannot begin to appreciate the life experience of a right handed man.’ Fiction? The possibilities really are endless . . .

L Strange

7th July 2020 at 6:12 pm

“Also, I wonder what could be next […..] Fiction? The possibilities really are endless . . .”

Already problematic! If writers’ stories aren’t diverse enough, they’re a problem but they also mustn’t depict people who have a different ‘lived experience’. It’s stealing their voices, or somesuch. Authors have had book contracts cancelled and have been forced to go through metaphorical struggle-sessions already.

Soon, nothing will be allowed but memoir.

NEIL DATSON

7th July 2020 at 6:40 pm

Fair enough, L. But what will be the outcome? Samizdat literature?

Mark Beal

7th July 2020 at 5:33 pm

Why doesn’t Berry just self-identify as a man for the duration of the filming? Then, if anyone complains, she can just say, “I’m a man, and you have no right telling me I’m not.”

Rosie Maxima

7th July 2020 at 7:38 pm

Haha, this made me chuckle.

Brandy Cluster

7th July 2020 at 11:11 pm

“Though it be madness, there is method in it”.

Andrew Levens

7th July 2020 at 5:30 pm

Well let’s see if they find an actor good enough to take the role. Of course it would be wrong for such a person to take on a role as a cis-woman/man, so their career prospects would be limited.

Mark Houghton

7th July 2020 at 5:16 pm

I’m confused. If a guy can proclaim he’s a female then why can’t an actor proclaim that they’re a transexual?

Jack Sprat

7th July 2020 at 4:33 pm

All actors should be hounded until they promise never ever to impersonate anyone again. A standard form of grovel should be adopted for this together with list of punishment for breach starting with sack cloth & ashes.

Andrew Levens

7th July 2020 at 7:12 pm

Yes, just imagine if actors pretended to be people other than themselves. That would be disgraceful. I have grave suspicions about Nicole Kidman. I’ve seen her play a number of parts where she is a very different person in each one. Should I start a Twitter storm ‘cancelling’ her?

Jonathan Marshall

8th July 2020 at 12:20 pm

I think you should.
Hugh Grant, on the other hand, always plays Hugh Grant (with the single exception of his portrayal of Jeremy Thorpe in the excellent “A Very British Scandal”).

Dominic Straiton

7th July 2020 at 4:32 pm

Now let me think. Is she a coloured person or a person of colour (her oscar speech). Its all very confusing as it all changes every week to catch everyone out. I dont think she could pass for a man though.

Lyn Keay

7th July 2020 at 4:27 pm

When they made Boys don’t Cry they looked and looked for a trans actor or a butch lesbian but couldn’t find one who could play the part. So, they found a great actress to play the role & it really worked. It no longer seems to be about making great art.

Philip St. John Lewis Davies

7th July 2020 at 4:19 pm

I am convinced that there is a spreading epidemic of clinical insanity in the West, which is turning more and more people into doctrinaire politically-correct unthinking zombies. This ‘zombie’ plague must be wiped out, if our insane world is not to end in utter horror. Unfortunately the means of achieving this would, understandably, fill us with equal horror. Which must mean that the tipping point for the viability of Western civilisation has already passed, and that it is now too late to do anything.

One begins to feel the same chilling horror that those terrible scenes enacted in the disaster film ‘Titanic’ so vividly evoke. I can only selfishly hope, therefore, that at my advancing years I shall be gone before the awful spectacle of a world run mad overtakes us. At least I’ll get to say, grandly, “Après moi, le déluge”.

Brandy Cluster

7th July 2020 at 4:11 pm

Reminds me of the troubles of Charlie Chaplin in the 1940s and 1950s when he was accused of being a communist and fell foul of audiences and critics for being ‘too political’ in his films. The thought police were everywhere back then and we have returned to those repressive times. They even stitched up a paternity suit and forced him into a humiliating public trial.

The more things change the more they remain the same. Or worse.

Jonathan Marshall

7th July 2020 at 2:00 pm

The worst thing about this is the way Berry was forced to issue a grovelling apology, admitting how wrong she was, how grateful she was to be corrected, and how she will never do it again.
Absolutely 100% the same sort of thing as happened during Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
And that didn’t end happily.

etidretni noinipo

7th July 2020 at 2:28 pm

I’m dismayed at how frequently this happens too. If more actors had the balls to stand up for themselves it would set a precedent for others to follow, instead of which the only precedents being set are in the opposite direction. Which emboldens the identitarian mob yet further. Somebody needs to say basta, but these thesps obviously lack the moral courage.

Rosie Maxima

7th July 2020 at 4:24 pm

I sometimes wonder if I would have the courage to stick to my guns in that situation, but the force of bullying people into submission into retracting their statement and making a public apology, fear of losing your popularity etc is possibly quite overpowering at the time. Having said that, these Hollyweird leftist types are learning their own lesson, with the joke now on them, when they choose to dabble in playing characters that have shock value and no doubt serve as a publicity stunt for them. It’s like, be careful what you wish for.

Jonathan Marshall

7th July 2020 at 4:47 pm

Laurence Fox is a shining light amidst this darkness.

Andrew Mawdsley

10th July 2020 at 11:26 am

Sorry Jonathan, she wasn’t forced to make an apology, she chose to. She already has more money than vast swathes of the population, so should be in no way worried about becoming destitute.

She didn’t have the courage of her convictions. Just another whining celebrity who’s only skill is the appeasement of an increasingly ridiculous clique of arseholes.

I agree on your second point. Laurence Fox seems to be currently the only actor with the balls to say what a significant majority of the populace is being stymied from saying.

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