THINGS WILL GET BETTER
life will be good
I was just a 17-year old kid from the Bronx with dreams of becoming a scientist, and somehow the world’s most famous astronomer found time to invite me to Ithaca in upstate NY and spend a Saturday with him.
I remember that snowy day like it was yesterday. He met me at the bus stop. He showed me his laboratory at Cornell University. Carl reached behind his desk, and inscribed this book (Cosmic Connection) for me:
For Neil Tyson,
With all good wisdom to a future astronomer.
- Carl Sagan
At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said, “If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.”
I already knew I wanted to become a scientist, but that afternoon I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become. He reached out to me and to countless others. Inspiring so many of us to study, teach, and do science. Science is a co-operative enterprise, spanning the generations. It’s the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds reaching back from antiquity and forward to the stars.
Short rant for now, will probably write more later, but I have a long day ahead of me.
I really want to get up the courage to only use the internet in productive ways (i.e. research, posting art & things, etc.) but I think I use the internet as a distraction for my thoughts from all the things that are going wrong and that I’m dwelling on. I miss when I used to draw every day and I wonder where I’d be with my art if I had been drawing daily and painting for the last three years since high school.
If you think Jared Leto was the best person for this role, then you do not think very highly of trans people at all. When we cisgender people argue that Jared Leto was the “best choice for the role” we dismiss every single trans actor as an inferior choice for the role. We reinforce the stereotype of being transgender as a “performance” instead of a valid, marginalized, and misunderstood identity. You say Jared Leto is better, but you don’t even know enough about people who are transgender to use the terminology correctly.
You state Jared Leto was chosen for no other reason other than being “the best,” yet you then immediately go on to explain it is because Leto is “already very famous”? Why do you think that is? Perhaps his identity as a cisgender white man in Hollywood has afforded him opportunities denied to trans actors.
Dallas Buyers Club (despite all it’s flaws and stereotypes) was an opportunity for a transgender actor to play a breakthrough role—a role that may have led to other roles or an Oscar, a role that may have helped a trans actor achieve the same level of fame that Leto has.
Pointing out this inequity is not “hate.” Pointing out how this portrayal has harmed trans people by perpetuating stereotypes is not “hate.” Do not try to frame people who have been adversely affected by this performance as the haters. They are not the ones denying opportunities or spreading stereotypes.
This is all very valid and everything but honestly, you’re denying an actor the right to excel and be applauded in a role because of his gender identity? Because that is what is happening to Jared Leto here. And it is also what is being complained about.
You say that we are enforcing the thought of “playing” a trans person. Even if a trans person had gotten the role, they would still be “playing” a trans person, it’s a film for gods sake. The actor being the same gender identity as the character is irrelevant, which is fantastic for trans actors as they can be placed in roles that have nothing to do with them being trans and therefore there is less marginalisation. However, when a cis guys is acting trans, he is criticised for not being the same gender identity?
It would be fantastic to have more mainstream trans actors but that doesn’t make banning someone else from a role right.
You are right, THAT IS FANTASTIC! I wish somebody had told me about this sooner.
I’m going to go turn my TV on now and watch all the trans actors who are out there playing cis roles on television and in movies!
Please wait right here while I do this, okay? I will be right back to report on all the trans actors that I see.
Don’t go anywhere! I am so happy you have told me this good news and I want to share my own excitement with you when I get back from my odyssey into this brave new land of opportunity for trans people.
ok so people are bitching about a trans person not getting the role because mr leto was a better actor thats not to say the trans actors vwho auditioned were bad just mr leto was better simple as that or what if we speculate that maybe the trans actors who auditioned were shit like really shit wouldn’t make it in a 5 year olds school play and the director chose them just to make the trans community happy and the role would have sucked and might have brought down the entire film with it im sure when the director picked mr leto he wasn’t thinking “fuck the trannys” or anything like that he was wanting to make the film a success whether or not it was any good i dont know i dont even know the name of the film and im also not a fan of mr leto’s music so im not being biased here
You’re being incredibly biased here. To be biased means ignoring reality in favor of holding to one’s assumptions. You would rather ASSUME that Jared Leto was picked because trans actors were all magically somehow awful.
The reality is that trans actors were not given auditions. The director has outright stated he had no intention of considering trans actors and laughed at the idea that such a person could even exist.
You’re biased, Hollywood’s casting system is biased, society is biased.
isn’t this exactly the same thing people say when they cast a white person in a role meant for a POC? “maybe they just couldn’t find a good ______ actor”?