People are fast becoming furious at Michelle Rodriguez for posting a selfie in drag, labelling her actions ‘transphobic’.
While on the set of her new film, re(Assignment) the actress posted a photograph of herself with a beard and tape around her chest.
Heheheh at TIFF promoting ‘TomBoy A Revengers Tale’ producers are convinced the new movie title should be re-assignment but I’ll stick to the title I signed on to shoot… ‘Tomboy’. It’s in the B Movie genre, a culture shock pic, shot like a ‘film Noir’ graphic novel. I played a male assassin for four days in the movie, boy was that beard itchy. Then out revenge, a twisted Doctor played by Sigourney Weaver decides to take my character’s manhood away with a sex change to teach him a lesson. I never felt more like a woman than when I played a man. For the rest of the film I was a man stuck in a newly operated sex changed body. I had fake boob covers to look like man implants & I wore a fake hairy ‘mangina’ which you can’t really see cause they made it so hairy. In retrospect I’m I glad took the plunge, the industry seems to be running low on edgy creativity & ‘real take a chance’ controversy, sometimes it makes me want to scream, instead I did what I always do when I’m bored with the ‘status quo’, I shot crazy b movie Indy to express my frustration. I wish I had more than a few weeks to prepare for this flic, I would have gained a lot more weight, & we would have made some hairy arms to match my Mediterranean look. I feel that my skinny build sometimes comes off hermaphoditic in the film, especially when you add the crazy male chest for the nude sequences. Lol hope y’all will enjoy the flic sometime, when we sell it of course… It’s interesting to say the least.
In the Noir B movie, which confusingly was initially titled Tomboy: A Revenger’s Tale, Rodriguez plays Frank Kitchen, a hitman given gender reassignment surgery as punishment for his wrong-doing.
The Fast and Furious actress photographed herself in character and posted it to her 2.9million Instagram followers, captioned it with an essay of an explanation.
It included Rodriguez’s reasoning for taking part in, arguably, the most controversial film of 2016:
In retrospect I’m I glad took the plunge, the industry seems to be running low on edgy creativity & ‘real take a chance’ controversy, sometimes it makes me want to scream, instead I did what I always do when I’m bored with the ‘status quo’, I shot crazy b movie Indy to express my frustration.
I feel that my skinny build sometimes comes off hermaphoditic in the film, especially when you add the crazy male chest for the nude sequences.
Lol hope y’all will enjoy the flic sometime, when we sell it of course… It’s interesting to say the least.
Amid the tripe that people have commented on the selfie, one user took to Instagram to vent their outrage at what they perceive as ‘the most transphobic shit I have seen in years’.
Others point out that the film – and Michelle herself – misguidedly suggests reassignment surgery is a form of punishment, rather than the potentially life-saving operation it is.
Instagram user, whyseg wrote:
Fuck making trans folk the punchline. Fuck movies where being trans is contrived as “punishment” for characters who do bad shit.
This is fucking nasty. Your way of kicking against the status quo is transphobia, which, surprise, is part of the status quo.
The film was renamed due to the reaction within the LGBTQ community, who considered the use of ‘tomboy’ damaging to the portrayal of trans people.
Michelle has persistently shot down claims of transphobia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As an out bisexual woman, the LGBTQ community feel ‘disappointed‘ by Rodriguez’s involvement in the film – which came under fire after failing to cast a trans actor in the leading role – and her unwillingness to portray trans people in a manner that they themselves see fit.
Meanwhile, re(Assignment) has been branded a ‘total disasterpiece’ by Vulture‘s Kyle Buchanan.
The critic added:
Needless to say, in the year 2016, a movie that treats gender-reassignment as the ultimate karmic punishment for mass murder might be a little out of step with the times.
I think I missed the punchline – I’ll give this one a miss, out of principle let alone good taste.