How Did Jared Leto Respond To Hecklers Who Labeled His "Dallas Buyers Club" Casting As "Misogynistic"?
Quite eloquently, in fact.
As Jared Leto's award shelf continues to fill in thanks to his portrayal of trans AIDS-victim Rayon in the harrowing Dallas Buyers Club, a chorus of those who are upset that a straight man was cast to play the role have gotten louder. The dial was turned up to max on Monday night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Virtuosos Awards, where two hecklers shouted their anger with Leto over playing the award-winning role.
"Trans misogyny does not deserve an award," one of the hecklers shouted during Leto's Q&A with a Fandango reporter.
"Well, what do you mean by that," Leto calmly responded.
"You don't deserve to play a trans woman!"
"Because I'm a man, I don't deserve to play that part?" Leto replied. "So you want to hold a role against someone who happened to be gay or lesbian—they can't play a straight part?"
"Historically, straight-gender people always play transgender people, and all of them received awards and credit for it."
"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 of that art?" Leto retorted, again while keeping cool, to an explosion of applause amongst the audience in attendance.
The two hecklers accepted Leto's invitation to meet with him backstage after the event. The Fandango reporter says the pair had a "peaceful-looking" conversation with the Oscar-nominated actor, and left the auditorium hand-in-hand.
What do you think of Jared Leto's job handling the heckling? Who won this round?