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Scarlett Johansson Admits Playing A Trans Person Was A Terrible Idea

But she won't back down on defending Woody Allen.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for Scarlett Johansson. The actress is ending 2019 with a handful of huge blockbusters under her belt, including Avengers: Endgame, JoJo Rabbit and the critically acclaimed Marriage Story, plenty of Oscar buzz and her fair share of controversies.

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ICYMI, ScarJo made headlines earlier in the year when she said she “should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal,” following backlash over her playing an asian character in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell and being cast as a transgender man in the upcoming Rub & Tug, a biopic she eventually withdrew from.

As if that wasn’t enough to ruffle feathers, Johansson continued to put her foot in it when she defended Woody Allen – who allegedly sexually abused his own daughter – during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime,” she said, igniting a social media shitstorm in the days following.

Fast-forward to this week and ScarJo still isn’t doing herself any favours. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the 35-year-old actress was asked about her comments on Allen and said “I’m not a politician, and I can’t lie about the way I feel about things.”

Johansson said she understands that by making the decision not to “edit myself, or temper what I think or say,” she’s inviting controversy and different opinions, but she still stands by her comments on the director.

“It’s my experience. I don’t know any more than any other person knows. I only have a close proximity with Woody… he’s a friend of mine. But I have no other insight other than my relationship with him,” she said.

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Vanity Fair journo Chris Heath explained to ScarJo that “as much as there is an argument for the validity of her voicing her own experience one of the things that makes some people uncomfortable with an opinion like that being expressed is that she is also effectively saying, in 2019, to a woman who has spoken out: ‘I don’t believe you.’”

Johansson told Heath “I do understand how that is triggering for some people. But just because I believe my friend does not mean that I don’t support women, believe women.”

It sounds like the interview got understandably tense and Johansson even said, “I think if I wanted to continue this conversation, it can be done personally with the people involved and not through statements to Vanity Fair.”

One good thing to come out of ScarJo’s interview with Vanity Fair was an understanding that she’d been insensitive about playing a trans person in Rub & Tug. “In hindsight, I mishandled that situation. I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it. I wasn’t totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing—and how they felt in general about cis actors playing—transgender people,” she said.

“I wasn’t aware of that conversation—I was uneducated. So I learned a lot through that process. I misjudged that…. It was a hard time. It was like a whirlwind. I felt terribly about it. To feel like you’re kind of tone-deaf to something is not a good feeling.”

At least there’s one lesson learned from ScarJo’s year of foot-in-mouth interviews. Here’s hoping she only becomes more aware of how her comments come across, particularly in relation to Woody Allen.

8 Internet Boyfriends We Hope Don't Get Cancelled In 2020

We must keep these angels at all costs.

In light of last year’s #MeToo movement, and the celebrity scandals that followed, it feels like every high profile man is either already cancelled, or one misstep away from being cancelled.

However, this year, the Internet has blessed us with multiple boyfriends. I’m talkin’ about those special celebrity guys who are charming, handsome, talented, hilarious, don’t take themselves too seriously, and most importantly – haven’t been called out for any major career-cancelling behaviour. 

Here are 8 Internet boyfriends we’re seriously hoping don’t get cancelled in 2020:

1. Keanu Reeves

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After various roles in John Wick, Netflx’s Always Be My Maybe and Toy Story 4, Keanu Reeves’ status at the Internet’s fave boyfriend of 2019 was well and truly cemented. However, it’s not just Reeves’ on-screen charm that won us over, it’s his real life chivalry as well. 

Reeves gives up his seat on public transport, organises shuttles for stranded passengers, waits in line for his own wrap party, makes us cry with his thoughts on life and death and never inappropriately touches women while taking photos. What a GEM. 

2. Tom Hanks

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With a career spanning over 40 years, we’re all familiar with the talent of Tom Hanks. Despite all the media attention and accolades, Hanks is still well-known as “the nicest guy in Hollywood.”

He’s friends with everyone, he sends gifts to his fans and answers fan mail, has an utterly delightful Instagram presence, and he’s been happily married to fellow actor Rita Wilson for over 30 years. What a guy.

3. Troye Sivan

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It’s a good thing Troye Sivan started out in Australia because we can’t stop claiming him as our own – he’s so damn likeable. The 24-year-old singer is insanely talented, but he’s also a beautiful soul. 

He’s in constant contact with his loyal fanbase, he isn’t afraid to voice his opinion on important issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community, he loves his family and he’s got immaculate style. Need I say more?

4. Timothee Chalamet

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Little Timmy Chalamet is relatively new to our group of Internet boyfriends, but he deserves a spot just as much as anyone else. 

At just 23 years old, Chalamet has shown off his acting chops in incredible films including King, Call Me By Your Name and the upcoming Little Women. He’s also completely unafraid of being himself, dancing in the street with fans and speaking about vulnerability. 

5. Henry Golding

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Henry Golding is perhaps best known for his roles in Last Christmas and Crazy Rich Asians, but he’s also quickly becoming one of the Internet’s most beloved BFs.

A lot of people don’t know that as well as being an actor, the 31-year-old British Malaysian is a trained hair stylist. He’s also incredibly proud of where he comes from and often champions conversations about LGBTQIA+ rights, the #MeToo movement and asian representation in Hollywood. 

6. Michael B. Jordan

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Michael B. Jordan almost broke the Internet with his shirtless scene in 2018’s Black Panther – but the 32-year-old actor is loved for much more than his handsome looks. 

Jordan is a feminist who was “raised by strong women” and loves supporting them, he loves his family (and kids), he cares about climate change and his production company Outlier Society aims to provide career opportunities for people of colour and from diverse backgrounds.

7. Chris Evans

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As much as I appreciate all the famous Chris’s out there, Chris Evans might just be the best. Evans is as tough as nails when he plays Captain America, but beneath the shield he’s a real sweetheart. 

The actor proved that chivalry is not dead by giving Regina King a hand at the 2019 Academy Awards, he adores his family (and dogs), he’s goofy as all hell, and he’s spoken out about all kinds of issues including climate change, veteran suicide prevention and ALS.

8. Dev Patel

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Dev Patel has come a long way since he was the skinny kid in Slumdog Millionaire. The 29-year-old actor won our hearts in films like Lion and the new Amazon series Modern Love, and how could we forget his introduction with co-star Sunny Pawar at the 2017 Golden Globes!?

Add to that the fact that Patel respects his mama and understands how trivial awards shows and the entertainment industry can be and yep, he’s a bona fide Internet boyfriend.

Holding Hands When You're Married Is Still Shady, Justin Timberlake

Just friends, or more?

If you’re married, is it okay to hold someone else’s hand? It’s a question the Internet is attempting to answer after Justin Timberlake was papped holding hands with his co-star Alisha Wainwright.

The pair, who play lovers in their upcoming film Palmer, were filmed and photographed on a night out in New Orleans holding hands, touching knees and getting cosy. To make matters worse, Timberlake had also ditched his wedding ring for the occasion.

According to The Sun, sources say, “they were smiling and laughing. At one point he grabbed her hand and rested it on his knee. She then gently started stroking his leg.”

“Then he clutched her hand with both of his and was playing with her hands.”

Since the photographs and footage surfaced, reps for Timberlake and Wainwright have denied rumours that there is anything romantic going on. In a statement to Page Six, a source close to Timberlake said “he was on an open balcony. They were among friends. It was nothing. There is 100% nothing going on.” 

Whether there’s something going on between JT and his co-star or not, it begs the question: what constitutes as cheating? 

In a 2018 interview with Women’s Health, a range of experts outlined the different kinds of cheating. According to relationship expert Esther Perel, cheating typically involves at least one of these three elements: secrecy, emotional involvement, and sexual alchemy. 

The feature states that examples of cheating include being physically intimate outside your relationship, harboring feelings for someone else, fantasizing about someone else, hiding your money habits and having secret social media habits. 

While there’s no way of telling whether Justin Timberlake and Alisha Wainwright’s hand-holding and knee-stroking was “emotionally involved” or intended to be kept a secret, you could argue it’s technically being “physically intimate” outside a relationship.

Romantic or not, holding hands with another woman feels like a pretty bold move if you’re happily married. No word from JT’s wife Jessica Biel on the cheating allegations, but I’m guessing there are some long conversations happening in the Timberlake household right now.

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