metta8 saidDon’t Applaud Jared Leto’s Transgender ‘Mammy’
'Dallas Buyers Club' has garnered praise for the actor's supposedly brave portrayal of a transgender woman. Don't expect anyone to find it admirable 20 years from now.
A poor article. It bases its arguments on arbitrary Gone With The Win
d comparisons. But those aren't in any way valid.
Hattie McDaniel's claim to Oscar fame is being the first Black actor to ever win an Oscar. Not for being the somewhat stereotypical character she was required to play. And even then the Mammy character didn't fit stereotypical slave images from that Hollywood period. She was strong-willed, defiant, and as much her own woman as any slave could actually be in the Old South.
No transgender actor has yet won an Oscar, because Leto merely played one. Nor, just like McDaniel, and despite his claim of researching the role, did he actually write his own dialogue or direct himself on the screen. He's more a product of the film than his own creation. Leto did a good job working with the material he was given, just like McDaniel did.
So that the entire article strikes me as a stereotypical example of - gay bitchiness.