Los Angeles: Scarlett Johansson has clarified her recent comments about politically correctness and casting in Hollywood as controversy threatened to brew, claiming her remarks were “edited for click bait” and “widely taken out of context”. “An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context,” the actor said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, referring to a recent article from the arts and culture publication As If. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot In the said interview, she seemed to have reflected upon her casting as a transgender man in “Rub and Tug”, a film she left after backlash, saying an actor should be free to explore a wide range of characters and art should not be bound by restrictions. “The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art. “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,” Johansson clarified in the statement. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Last July, Johansson dropped out of Rupert Sanders’ “Rub and Tug”, in which she was attached to portray real life figure Dante Tex Gill, gangster and massage parlour owner, following outrage from the LGBT community. The actor also went on to clear up some of the points made during the original interview, emphasising that there is a gulf between Caucasian, cis gendered actors and their colleagues when it comes to opportunities. “I recognise that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favours Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to,” she said. “I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included,” she added. With the interview in question, Johansson once again found herself at the centre of a controversy, this time for her response to a question about political correctness and her casting in “Rub & Tub”, directed by Rupert Sanders. “You know, as an actor I should be able to play any person, or any tree, or any animal, because that’s my job and the requirements of my job… “I feel like (political correctness is) a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions,” she was quoted saying to As If. Sanders’ previous film “Ghost in the Shell” (2017), starring Johansson as a Japanese manga character, had also received a lot of backlash for casting a Caucasian actor for the role. The film was accused of racism and whitewashing.
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She was one of the groundbreaking scientists of the 1950s who played a pivotal role in uncovering the structure of DNA.But a row has broken out in the leafy grounds of Surrey University over whether chemist Rosalind Franklin should have had a road named in her honour rather than a close.The Rosalind Franklin Society have accused the local council of being sexist by giving women “second billing”, while residents branded it “unfair” that she was denied the same street status as her male counterparts.So intense was the debate that Guildford Borough Council agreed to hold informal talks about changing its name from Rosalind Franklin Close to Rosalind Franklin Road.Alan Turing Road, Alexander Fleming Road, Ronald Ross Road and Ernst Chain Road are among the streets surrounding Surrey Research Park which are named after some of the brightest minds in medicine and science.But only two streets are named after famous female scientists – Rosalind Franklin Close and Daphne Jackson Road. Professor Jackson was a nuclear physicist who taught at the University of Surrey and became the UK’s first female physics professor in 1971.The fact that Dr Franklin was the only person not given her own road, and was supposedly relegated to a close, was seen as a slight by the Rosalind Franklin Society, which celebrates the contribution of women to science.Karla Rubinger, director of the society, said: “This is yet another level in which women, at best, get only second billing. We must all be working to change this.”Dr Franklin died of ovarian cancer aged 37 in April 1958, six years after taking what is described as the most important picture ever captured in the world – Photo 51, which showed that DNA has a spiraling or ‘double-helical’ structure.While her fellow researchers Maurice Wilkins, James Watson and Francis Crick were awarded a Nobel Prize for their work in 1962, she never received official recognition for her pioneering role in the scientific breakthrough.Guildford Borough Council told The Telegraph: “We received a suggestion from a resident of the borough to rename the street. We entered into an informal consultation with the University of Surrey as they owned the only residential premises on the street and so are responsible for managing the implications in terms of residents.”Although the University themselves did not object to the suggestion of changing the name, we did receive an objection from a resident directly to ourselves. Given the problems caused for residents when addresses are changed, we decided not to continue on to a formal consultation on the suggestion to change the name.” Dr Franklin attended St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and went on to graduate from Cambridge University with a chemistry degree.She had spent four years gaining extensive experience in x-ray diffraction technology in Paris before she began her work on DNA at King’s College London in 1951.During the Second World War she served as a London air raid warden and investigated the physical chemistry of carbon and coal at the British Coal Utilisation Research Association.A spokesperson for the University of Surrey told The Telegraph: “Rosalind Franklin was one of the greatest scientists of our time and we were pleased that our suggestion to honour her, during the construction of our research park in 1984, was accepted by Guildford Borough Council.“We’re pleased that this discussion is once again highlighting Rosalind’s achievements, which are the reason we put her name forward when the Council originally named the roads.” Dr Franklin, who died of cancer aged 37 in 1958, has a street named after her in Surrey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed. 92995 – Jailed former Fianna Fáil minister Ivor Callely’s prison number after he was sentenced to five months for fraudulent expenses claims.65.8 per cent – the percentage of women in the civil service. However they are mostly confined to lower grades such as clerical or staff officer.80 – the number of days Frances Fitzgerald was Justice Minister and refused to express confidence in Brian Purcell, her secretary general, who asked to be reassigned this week in the wake of a damning report.30,000 – the number of Benzodiazepine tablets with an estimated street value of €60,000 that were seized by Revenue’s Customs Service this week.2.5 per cent – the percentage amount that the Central Bank thinks the economy will grow by this year in an upbeat forecast.> 1,300 – The number of people who have signed an online petition calling on Tánaiste Joan Burton to apologise to heavy metal fans for “disparaging and clueless” remarks.32,154 – the number of new .ie websites that were registered in 2013, contributing to a growth of 18 per cent over the last 12 months.€437 million – AIB’s profit for the first half of 2014. That figure represents a €1.3 billion improvement on the first half of last year.€4.88 – The cost per 1,000 litres of water and waste water services as laid out by the Commission for Energy Regulation.11.5 – The number in per cent of the national unemployment rate in June.3 – The number of penalty points you now face for not wearing a seatbelt, among other things.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >