UPDATED: Daniella Greenbaum, the writer of the article that was pulled from Business Insider’s website has quit the organization.
I believe female actors can play men and trans men. That is the apparently controversial view that inspired BI to take down my piece. I have resigned from @businessinsider and explain why in my letter to EIC @nichcarlson pic.twitter.com/5G2UZggXi9
— Daniella Greenbaum Davis (@DGreenbaum) July 12, 2018
News Site Business Insider removed an article this week that defended Scarlett Johansson playing the roles of transgender characters in movies after the members of the site’s staff complained internally, according to The Daily Beast.
In the piece, she criticized the backlash to the decision to cast Johansson as a trans man in the upcoming movie, Rub and Tug.
“She’s a cisgender woman playing a transgender man. Most people would call it acting. Others are calling it insensitive.”
“The job of an actor is to represent someone else,” Greenbaum wrote. “Johansson’s identity off the screen is irrelevant to the identities she plays on the screen. That’s what she’s paid for. And if she does her job, she’ll make everyone forget about the controversy in the first place.”
Once the article was posted, several Business Insider staffers told The Daily Beast that some employees were offended by the column criticizing the complaints of the transgender activists.
The publication took down the piece on Friday, and appended an editor’s note to the page on Tuesday saying that “Business Insider removed the column because, upon further review, we decided it did not meet our editorial standards.”
The decision also prompted the publication to alter its own internal editorial policies.
Through a Business Insider’s spokesperson on Tuesday, Greenbaum said she disagrees with the decision to take down Friday’s post, saying she stands by her original piece.