Saturday, August 7, 2021

Scarlett Johansson: Hypersexualised Teen | Who's to Blame?

Owen Tonks posted on the Daily Mail "Scarlett Johansson, 36, reveals she felt typecast in 'hypersexualised' roles in her teens by 'a bunch of dudes' in Hollywood" (18 July 2021) 

The actress, 36, had her break as an adult actress as Charlotte in 2003 movie Lost in Translation at the age of 18, but had her first leading role as Manny in Manny & Lo at the age of 12.

The star said she felt typecast in certain roles in her teens and on into her early 20s, telling The Sun: 'When I was working in my early twenties, and even my late teens, I felt that I got somehow typecast as hypersexualised, which I guess at the time seemed OK to everyone.

Johansson Manny & Lo (12) | Ghost World (16)

We're assuming that by "everyone", Johansson is including herself and her parent(s).  But, unsurprisingly, I'm incorrect, because Johansson recuses herself and her parents from any blame but relates that it was "kind of crafted" "probably" by "a bunch of dudes in the [film] industry.'" 

'Even though it wasn’t part of my own narrative, it was kind of crafted for me by probably a bunch of dudes in the industry.'
Johansson Ghost World (16)

Is it possible that Johansson, her parents, and the film dudes are to blame? #rhetoricalquestion Then Johansson went on to, erroneously, imply that nymphets are no longer being "typecast as hypersexualised" 

However, she insists 'the climate is so different now' and there are 'so many wonderful opportunities for women' in Hollywood today.
Netflix's Never Have I Ever

I wouldn't be surprised if Johansson didn't watch U16 handball, but I would be shocked if she didn't have a Netflix, Hulu and/or HBO Max account. 

Scarlett Johansson & Benicio Del Toro

Did Johansson's 'hypersexualised' roles lead her to being too sexual teen? Glenys Roberts related in a Daily Mail post that: 

"A 19-year-old Scarlett Johansson was so overcome by its heady atmosphere in 2004 that she couldn’t wait to get upstairs with [37-year-old] Puerto Rican star ­Benicio Del Toro and ripped off his clothes in the lift. ‘We were making out or having sex or something,’ she readily admitted later."

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