A/V Brew: Why Halle Berry’s Apology Matters

Pop Culture Uncovered

CW: Anti-trans bias, violence

Halle Berry made headlines recently when she discussed considering portraying a transgender man in an upcoming film, then reversed course, issuing an apology a few days later.

In a July 3 Instagram Live interview with celebrated salon owner Christin Brown, Berry talked about what drew her to what she planned to be her next role:

“That’s what I want to experience and understand and study and explore. That’s what I want to put onscreen. It’s really important to me to tell stories, and that’s a woman, that’s a female story. She transitions to a man but I want to understand the why of that and the how of that.”

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Over Fourth of July weekend, the Internet weighed in. Trans activists decried her persistent misgendering of the character she proposed to play. Fans sprang to her defense and indelicately suggested people stop being so sensitive…

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