Actress Halle Berry recently backed out of a movie role after she received public backlash for misgendering her character. The actress was set to play a transgender man.
In the much-criticised interview on Instagram Live, Halle said she was looking forward to the role because she hadn’t done anything like it before. “I want to experience that world, understand that world. Who this woman was is so interesting to me,” she said.
Halle has since apologised for her comments and said she’s stepping down from the role. “Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologise for those remarks,” she said in a statement.This comes after many people asked her to step down from the role so that a trans actor could play the part. One of the comments said, “Trans people are so very tired of cis actors taking up roles that so many trans people would give anything to play. @halleberry please reconsider this, especially given you’ve already misgendered your character from the jump. Your language is damaging. A woman doesn’t transition into a man. He is and always was a man. If you’re already not using the right terms from the jump you have no business playing this role.” In response to comments like the one above, the actress acknowledged that she shouldn’t have considered the role. “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she said. Halle thanked everyone for their guidance and said she would continue to listen, educate herself and learn from her mistakes. She also vowed to be an ally in using her voice to promote better representation.
Read the full statement below: