Matt Bomer’s “Anything” opened to limited audiences Friday amid calls for a boycott from the LGBT community.
“…“Anything” might have been a halfway decent movie with a transgender actress in the role.” writes Indie Wire’s Jude Dry in a scathing to the point review.
That’s the crux of our issue with Anything. It’s not that it relied on a very tired trope of a trans sex worker but that a cisgender man played the part when so talented trans actresses (who went unemployed) could have brought a sense of realism and humanity to the role.
Anything doesn’t bring anything new to society. By pre-casting a cisgender man the producers put at least one more transgender woman in a position of financial hardship, possibly leaving her no option than highly dangerous sex work.
Hyperbolic? Yeah because working trans women have never been brutally murdered. Yeah and because mainstream reviewers respect and understand the transgender community and write out of a sense of social obligation (and not money).
And for real. In the day of Trump do we need to make it any harder on transgender people?
The lone non-cisgender producer/consultant on set balks at being identified as transgender and believes the LGBT community lives in an “alternative lifestyle”.
Check out my latest interview where the producer/consultant for Matt Bomer’s Anything calls the gay/trans community “alternative lifestyles” and defends cis people taking trans roles. https://t.co/SvxcET6xKA
— Eli Erlick (@EliErlick) May 11, 2018
Rotton Tomatoes has given Anything a mixture with some cis critics rating it fresh while only judging the acting, while others with an understanding the social implications and the big picture giving it splats.
imdb rated it lower with a 5.8 and hasn’t reported its box office revenues yet.