It didn’t take long for Scarlett Johansson to backtrack from her controversial comments on Sunday night. The Marvel actress caused a social media firestorm over the weekend when she defended her habit of accepting offers to play minority characters
“You know, as an actor, I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,” Johansson told As If magazine. The quote quickly made its rounds on social media and ignited a very vocal backlash and forcing the actress to clarify her statement.
“I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way,” she said.
The star of the upcoming Black Widow film sparked major criticisms in 2015 when she was cast in the lead role of an Asian woman in Ghost in the Shell. She most recently sparked an outcry for accepting the role of a transgender male. A role in which she later backed out.