No, your eyes aren't deceiving you!
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Jared Leto was AH-Mazing in Dallas Buyers Club!
There. We said it!
And rightfully so, he's been cleaning up this awards season, winning himself trophies left and right!
Including a Santa Barbara International Film Festival award last night!
But before Jared could accept the honor, a member of the audience at the ceremony yelled out that he didn’t deserve ANY accolades for his portrayal of Rayon!
What the wha?!? Why the heck not?
According to the heckler, a man has no business playing a transgender person in film!
"You don’t deserve an award! Trans misogyny does not deserve an award!”
Jared immediately stopped and spoke to the heckler, who many say appeared to be transgendered herself, asking why she felt that way. She responded:
"You’re a man! You shouldn’t play a transgendered role!”
But proving how quick Jared is on his feet, he calmly responded back that by that logic, people who are gay could never play straight roles on TV and movies and vice versa!
"You’ve made sure that people who are gay, that the Rayons of this world, should never be able to turn the tables.”
His retort received an eruption of applause from the audience.
Jared then had the decency to invite the heckler backstage after the ceremony to continue their conversation!
How cool is this guy?!
We understand the point this heckler was trying to make. The struggle that transgender actors are up against isn't made any easier when a part like Jared’s goes to a non-trans person.
But Jared is so right - if we categorize actors based on their sexual orientation, gender, race, etc., we’ll be moving backwards, not forwards.