The writer of the recently released film The Assignment has strongly defended its content.
The film stars Michelle Rodriquez as a contract killer who is forced by Sigourney Weaver’s character to undergo reassignment surgery. However, the film has been widely criticized by the transgender community while the film’s screenwriter, Denis Hamil, has said, “first of all, the character is not transgender. To be transgender, you have to believe you are in the wrong body.”
“He’s forced into a body into which he does not identity with. He’s gone through a sex change, but it’s not a gender change. It’s not at all making fun of or exploiting the people in the transgender community, who I have nothing but sympathy for,” Hamil says.
“Politically, everybody who made this film is progressive person. The last thing we wanted to do was insult anybody. It’s pure entertainment.”
Meanwhile, the director of the film, Walter hill has said “the movie is consistent with transgender theory…he’s a guy inside his head, we had no idea when we were getting ready to make the movie that this was going to be a volatile subject. I’m certainly not here to make the journey or transgender people more difficult. As a matter of fact, I even find the suggestion insulting.”
Further, actress Michelle Rodriguez has dismissed criticism of the film, as she is bisexual. “It’s a B-movie noir genre comic book take on something. I’m bisexual. I do guys. I do girls. You can’t really argue with me because I’m you.”
(Information sourced from PinkNews.co.uk)