In terms of race or nationality actors should play the character that matches their race or ethnicity. Tom Cruise has no business playing an Asian character. White actors have no business playing Africa American characters. I cringe every time I recall Billy Crystal imitating Muhamad Ali, or when he wore Black face doing an impression of Sammy Davis Jr. at the Oscars in 2012.
However, the question of should a cisgender actor play a trans actor? No. Because they have no effing clue what it's like to be trans, therefore their authenticity is fake and forced. Can a trans woman play a cisgender? Yes, because I said so.
You may say it's not fair. Yes it is. The majority of actors who don't have these issues get cast over the ones that do and that's not fair. In addition the number of parts in films for specialty characters is sparse. We need to level the playing field once and for all.
I'm also sick of cisgender males like Tyler Perry playing characters like "Madia." Many African Americans I have encountered in my trans existence have said "You aint a woman and this aint no Tyler Perry show...sir!" I've been called "Madia" as well. Perry's unintentionally making fun of my community and it hurts. I would like to see him speak out in support of members of his own race who are trans woman of color who are being murdered right and left because of who they are. So far this year 15 Black trans woman and 16 trans woman of color have been murdered shot dead many in the head. Maybe "Media" could come out against the hate being visited upon these trans woman who by the way are part of my family as well.
I've also been compared to Mrs. "Doubtfire" (Robin Williams) and "Tootsie" with (Dustin Hoffman.) Not to mention Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari in "Bosom Buddies." They tried a reboot with two new actors in early 2012 and we, (the LGBTQ community) forced ABC to take the show off the air. We stopped them. The show was called "Work it!" The actors where Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco. To me it was like the ciscommunity having a Straight Pride Parade. Poking fun at people who have a medical condition is effed up.
So what's the point. Times have changed. Those of us who can make a difference should and those of us who were the brunt of the jokes should forgive. I'm sure the actors and producers, (including Tyler Perry) are good people, who didn't or don't know any better. I'm sure it wasn't their intention to make fun. But times have changed and we need to have these conversations to make this world a better place.
The trans community is not here to be ignored, made fun of or humiliated and the exploitation from Hollywood needs to stop now. Scientists have proven that Gender Dysphoria is a medical condition and WPATH guidelines secure a safe path for trans people to follow. Unlike the character in "Silence of the Lambs," we're not homicidal maniacs raping woman and children either. Once again it's a medical condition, not a mental illness.
The World Health Organization has stated as much and has recommended that treatment be given, (NOT DENIED) by healthcare providers across the globe. So Hollywood put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Hello Friends. This is my new blog about my acting career and projects I'm working on and have worked on. We're also going to explore issues we confront as actors in the business. I also hope to interview people in the business designed to help your career.