Bullied? Halle Berry drops transgender movie role with an apology

Award-winning Hollywood actress Halle Berry said she is longer going to play the role of a transgender man in a film planned for production.

She said in a Twitter post that:

“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 wrote on Twitter.

“I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake.”

Berry said she vowed “to be an ally” and to use her “voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”

New documentary provides a helpful lens during a whiplash week for transgender rights
New documentary provides a helpful lens during a whiplash week for transgender rights
In response to the star’s statement, many thanked her for listening.

LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD said they were pleased Berry listened to the concerns voiced after her discussion of the role and “learned from them.”

“Other powerful people should do the same,” the group said on Twitter. “A good place to start is by watching @Disclosure_Doc to learn about trans representation in media.”

The documentary examines how transgender people have been depicted on screen throughout the years, and is produced by, among others, Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black.”

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