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Jared Leto Handles Heckler Accusing Him of 'Trans Misogny' for Playing Rayon: VIDEO


Jared Leto was heckled at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Tuesday night by an audience member, who yelled, "You don't deserve an award. Trans misogyny does not deserve an award."

The audience member was referring to Leto's critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated portrayal of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, for which he has already won a Golden Globe.

Leto responded:

"What problem do you have with ? Because I'm a man I don't deserve to play that part so you would hold a role against someone who happened to be gay or lesbian - they can't play a straight part?"

The audience member then complained that straight men win awards for playing trans characters.

Leto replied: "Then you make sure that people that are gay, people that aren't straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts that aren't central to who they are..."


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  1. Bravo!

    Posted by: DBAUDIT | Feb 6, 2014 1:19:07 PM

  2. Jared Leto always comes across as a very reasonable likeable guy.

    Of course he is a wonderful actor calm and cool.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 6, 2014 1:22:53 PM

  3. Well done.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Feb 6, 2014 1:25:17 PM

  4. Andy Towle's attempt to put a pro-Leto spin on this suggests that Towleroad may be more a celebrity-worship site than a pro-GLBT site. Andy should go and work for Huff Post.

    Posted by: joe | Feb 6, 2014 1:30:51 PM

  5. How does a matter-of-fact headline and transcript amount to "pro-Leto spin" Joe?

    Posted by: Mike in Houston | Feb 6, 2014 1:35:45 PM

  6. Leto was all class in the video. How could you not be pro-Leto after watching that?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 6, 2014 1:45:19 PM

  7. "Handles" is not matter-of-fact. That's absolutely a spin.

    Posted by: Dx | Feb 6, 2014 1:45:26 PM

  8. @JOE- nooooo.... Andy Towle's "spin" is simply reporting the facts- an ally, a friend who portrayed a trans person beautifully was attacked for simply doing so. Remember when people wouldn't do parts like this- because of being associated with gay/trans people/identity? Uh, yeah, not that long ago- in fact,it's still going on.

    I believe in trans rights, and I think everyone can work on being kinder; however, I think the trans community, well, those who are level-headed and are very visible, should take note of ridiculous, non-scandals/non-issues that some trans activists have been trying to create.

    There is enough pain and discrimination against trans people today without trying to create more out of thin air, much less trying to do it on the backs of allies like Jared Leto.

    This goes for gay people, too- all minorities. It's just smart PR. I realize there really isn't a central figure-head for the trans community, but those who do hold any power or sway or visibility, need to exercise it over those activists who will only hurt their cause.

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 6, 2014 1:46:55 PM

  9. Because Mike, unless Andy gets out the written equivalent of pitchforks and torches and demands that Jared Leto be banned from ever working again, then to the Joe's of the dreary LGBTQIAXYZ "community", he's a Leto Whore. The fact that the person that heckled him might be wrong is never to be questioned.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 6, 2014 1:47:49 PM

  10. How do you people not recognize Jason when he's trolling you?

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 6, 2014 1:57:27 PM

  11. If you cranky girls don't like what Andy does on this blog, why don't you do a blog of your own? Time to take a Midol.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 6, 2014 1:58:02 PM

  12. There is an issue with straight guys playing gay guys or trans people and winning awards. One day, I hope that more gay/trans people will be able to play themselves and win awards.

    Step back and think about all the major awards won by actors playing gays, for instance. Can you think of more than one who's won significant awards or accolades for that film role?

    Posted by: Marshall | Feb 6, 2014 1:58:37 PM

  13. trans people are so touchy that a flea fart sends them into convulsions and howling

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 6, 2014 1:58:43 PM

  14. Neither Sandra Bullock nor George Clooney are actually astronauts. As far as we know, Matthew McConnaughey doesn't actually have AIDS. Bradley Cooper's not an FBI agent. Meryl Streep is a wife and mother in real life as her character in "August: Osage County," but can never be a male rabbi like she played in "Angels in America." Shall we demand Linda Hunt take back her Oscar for playing a man in "The Year of Living Dangerously"? Or Tom Hanks' Oscar for playing a gay man with AIDS in "Philadelphia" when he was neither? I don't remember a single person seriously suggesting he had no right to play that character. While I totally support legal protections for those transgender including the right to serve openly in the military, thise current desperate meme by a lunatic few that only gays can play gays and only transgendered people can play transgendered is a ridiculous house of cards alienating rather than creating allies.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Feb 6, 2014 1:59:59 PM

  15. I'm tired of these trans activists. They're not accomplishing anything but getting everyone to hate them, including LGB people.

    Posted by: John | Feb 6, 2014 2:04:11 PM

  16. @MICHAEL BEDWELL -- George Clooney's not really an astronaut? :-(

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 6, 2014 2:07:47 PM

  17. "trans Misogny" Is that something trans people made up? So this week they've gone after Gabby, Piers, and now Jared. Is there anyone trans people have not pissed off yet?

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 6, 2014 2:16:26 PM

  18. A heckler who neglected to think through the consequences of his position? Shocking!

    Posted by: Merv | Feb 6, 2014 2:18:32 PM

  19. SMDH.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 6, 2014 2:28:50 PM

  20. There is certainly a case that can be made for there being few enough acting roles for minority actors that deliberately choosing someone who isn't of that minority when there are talented people available is an issue.

    But that's completely distinct from someone else's "worthiness" to be in the role. If they did it well, and when appropriate, sensitively, then they proved themselves "worthy" - and as an actor, the quality of their acting should be the only question.

    The casting choice is an issue that should be taken up with the casting people or the producers and director, not the actor who did their job well.

    Posted by: Lymis | Feb 6, 2014 2:36:15 PM

  21. Everybody knows who the Westboro Baptist Church weirdos are, right? The "God Hates Fags" sign carriers who show up at military funerals etc. Kinda like the heckler guy.
    I am going to refer to all those haters from now on as "Westboros". I hope it catches on.

    Posted by: alan | Feb 6, 2014 2:43:21 PM

  22. The reason they win awards is because the audience knows them to be heterosexual and they are going completely out of their comfort zones and backgrounds to play an LGBT character. That's why they win awards. If Jared Leto was an Atheist and he played a Roman Catholic Priest...he might be nominated for playing that role as well. It's about acting.

    When have we seen LGBT people actually play straight in a role that warrants an award nomination? Neil Patrick Harris comes to mind...other than that, whom?

    Posted by: AJ | Feb 6, 2014 2:46:18 PM

  23. A trans friend who used to be reasonable has become a cis-phobic bore sometimes. She complained about JL's casting. I asked if she knew any trans actors who might have been qualified play the part well AND attract an audience. Of course not....

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 6, 2014 2:52:12 PM

  24. This sounds like topic South Park would cover.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 6, 2014 2:53:36 PM

  25. I'm in a location where I can't watch the video with the sound on, so I'm only going by what I'm reading here. I don't understand what Leto means when he says "Then you make sure that people that are gay, people that aren't straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts that aren't central to who they are..."

    "...explore parts that AREN'T central to who they are..."?! But Rayon's gender identity *was* central to who she was.

    Am I missing something here? Were Leto's words transcribed incorrectly? Have I misunderstood his meaning?

    He was fabulous in the role. I hope he wins the Academy Award.

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 6, 2014 3:00:35 PM

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