Glenn Close On Playing Trans Characters
Let me begin this by saying that I have always despised blackface. I knew it was wrong when I was a kid, I’ve known it was wrong all my life, and no one had to tell me that it was wrong. I just knew. I come from a long line of people who wouldn’t even think of doing blackface. My own mom and dad would have cringed at just the thought of blackface and so would my grandparents. And this way of thinking covers everyone with me, including what’s been termed as “yellowface.” That’s when a straight white person pretends to be Asian. I find all of it just despicable.
With that said, Glenn Close was trending this weekend because apparently she did something “funny-ha-ha” at that annual Oscar Show and Twitter was fawning all over her, as Twitter tends to do when there’s nothing else worth talking about. I’m not even sure WTF she did, and I don’t really care. Seeing her trend again made me remember the fact that she once played a trans character. And it was written about in more than one place. She said this in an interview back in 2018.
‘Acting is a craft. I personally think that anyone should be able to play anyone,’ Close, 71, said in a HFPA podcast, according to THR.com.
Here’s more. Well, that’s what they all say. But does that mean she believes it’s okay for her to play a black character? I’m just curious. Would she play a famous black character from history? She did say that anyone should be able to play anyone. Those are her words, not mine. One thing is for certain, I doubt we’ll be seeing an apology any time soon, though.
Her problem is that she forgets one important factor here: just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it.