Jen Richards explains why Eddie Redmayne, who plays a trans character, is so harmful (Netflix / Getty)
While Eddie Redmayne is defending JK Rowling, the trans allies quickly shared a scene from the Netflix documentary Disclosure This perfectly explains why the actor’s ally is so problematic.
the fantastic animals and where to find them The star, who resumed filming this week, said he was alarmed by the “Vitrol” targeting Rowling in response to her explosive views on trans people.
He added that the “terrible stream of abuse” unleashed against trans people on the internet is equally disgusting and reaffirms his support for his “trans friends and colleagues” who face discrimination on a daily basis.
Redmayne’s sympathy for the controversial writer surprised some as he had previously joined Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and several others Harry Potter Stars while berating Rowling for her comments.
The actor has been a strong advocate for transgender rights since playing historic trans woman Lili Elbe Danish girl However, the role was not undisputed.
While Redmayne was praised for his personable, award-winning performance, which describes the transition of the Elbe, he was criticized as a straight male actor many times for having accepted the role in the first place.
First, he defended the cast, suggesting that trans or CIS actors should be free to play any role as long as they did so with “a sense of integrity and responsibility”.
But as the transwriter Jen Richards expertly explains on Netflix DisclosureAdequate trans representation is not just about providing opportunities for marginalized actors; it has profound implications for the security of the transgender community as a whole.
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“The fact that cis-men play trans women in my opinion is directly related to violence against trans women,” she begins in the documentary.
“And in my opinion, part of the reason men kill so other men won’t believe they are gay is because they’ve been with trans women that friends – men you fear the judgment of – only trans women know about it Media, and the people who play trans women, are the men they know.
“It doesn’t happen when a trans woman plays a trans woman.”
Richards lists examples of successful trans actors like Laverne Cox, Trace Lysette and Angelica Ross who proudly live their lives as women, just as beautiful and feminine off-screen as they are on-screen.
“When you still see these women as off-screen women, the idea that they are some kind of men in disguise becomes completely invalid,” she continues, adding that these actors can play their roles in an authentic way without it to have to. “play the impermanence”.
Richards contrasts directly with Redmayne in Danish girland admitted that it was certainly a compelling trans performance, “it reduces that person … to a performance of transness, a performance of femininity, and not a full person whose transness is an aspect of.
As Eddie Redmayne walks the red carpet in a suit and tie, the embodiment of masculinity and the contrast of Lili Elbe, he reinforces the harmful and insulting attitude that the identity of a trans woman is nothing more than a costume that, when removed is revealed to a man below.
And with trans women exposed to murder and violence more frequently than ever before, it’s clear that Eddie Redmayne’s best intentions count for little in reality.
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