UPDATE, Monday, July 15: Scarlett Johansson released a statement over the weekend responding to controversy surrounding her comments, explaining they were taken out-of-context.
"An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context," she told Variety. "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," the actress explained.
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Progressives are taking aim at famed actress Scarlett Johansson for denouncing the prominent role political correctness plays in Hollywood.
In an interview with As If magazine, the 34-year-old actress lamented changes in the film industry from her time as child actress until now, which culminated in being on the receiving end of PC outrage after accepting the role of a transgender person for the film "Rub & Tub."
"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 explained, according to the Daily Mail. "I feel like it's 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."
Johansson then took direct aim at political correctness.
"I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do," she said.
After outrage, Johansson later removed herself from "Rub & Tub." However, it wasn't the first time she was criticized for accepting a film role. She was also bashed for playing the lead role in "Ghost in the Shell," a Japanese-based sci-fi film.
What was the response to Johansson's comments?
Progressives on social media mocked and ridiculed the actress.