Scarlett Johansson believes that art should be “immune to political correctness”

The 34-year-old actress recently claimed that she should be “allowed to play any person” after previously being criticised for landing the lead role in the adaptation of Japanese anime tale A Ghost in the Shell and for accepting the part of a transgender man in the upcoming movie Rub & Tug – a role which she exited after public outrage – but has now insisted that her comments were “taken out of context”.

She said in a statement to Variety: “An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context.

“The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art.

“I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way.”

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Scarlett insisted that she supports “diversity in every industry” and recognises the fact there is a “wide-spread discrepancy” about the sort of roles on offer to actors

She added: “I recognise that, in reality, there is a wide-spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favours Caucasian, cisgendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to.

“I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”

In the original interview, the Avengers: Endgame actress admitted that she felt that she should be able to “play any person, or tree, or animal”.

She told As If magazine: “You know, as an actor, I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.

“I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions. I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do.”

Author: BANG Showbiz