The Culture Wars won’t be won by any single victory.
It’s a cumulation of wins that will turn the tide of battle, and the forces of sanity have been racking up impressive wins of late.
- The return of “truth, justice and the American way” to the upcoming “Superman” reboot
- Disney’s financial woes after going all-in on woke
- Comedians like Roseanne Barr and Russell Brand avoiding the usual gatekeepers to tell their jokes, their way
Along comes actor Guy Pearce, and the woke warriors get a small but important win.
The “Memento” star made an innocent, and thoughtful statement on Twitter about the ability of actors to play trans characters in film and TV projects.
“A question – if the only people allowed to play trans characters r trans folk, then r we also suggesting the only people trans folk can play r trans characters. Surely that will limit ur career as an actor? Isn’t the point of an actor to be able [to] play anyone outside ur own world?”
Those comments reflect the reality actors have faced for decades. A talented star can portray virtually any role with the right approach and technique. Jared Leto won an Oscar for playing a trans character in “Dallas Buyers Club,” and Eddie Redmayne earned a Best Actor nomination for portraying a trans woman in “The Danish Girl.”
The Oscar winner later expressed regret for taking a role he took less than seven years ago. A trans performer should have gotten the gig, even though it might have dramatically impacted the film’s box office potential.
Pearce faced a volley of woke responses for his rationale Tweet, and he followed it up by acknowledging a dearth of opportunities for trans actors.
Smart. Respectful. Measured. And, of course, he quickly retreated fearing further woke retaliation.
I posted a tweet yesterday that I shouldn’t have, which to prevent upsetting anyone else I have now deleted. A fuller apology and explanation of the point I was raising is attached xx Guy pic.twitter.com/bu1vLQcPFm
— Guy Pearce (@TheGuyPearce) March 28, 2023
Here’s one “highlight” from his hostage-style apology.
“The point I wanted to raise was one about defending the definition of acting and nothing more. Throwing the subject onto one minority group in particular was unnecessary, especially from a man like me, with a ‘Full House’ of privilege.”
Pearce’s apology followed the far-Left talking points to the letter.
It’s just one actor, one apology, but every time this happens the woke mob grows stronger, more emboldened to bully other stars into reading from their pre-approved script.
The actor likely doesn’t realize his actions will only make matters worse for his fellow artists.