Transgender actress Laverne Cox is set to star in an upcoming made-for-tv update of Rocky Horror Picture Show and she’s unafraid to embrace the controversial production.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Cox responded to questions about the movie’s use of “transvestite,” a term often used to label transgender people back in the 70′s when the film was produced.
“Historically, the terms have changed [and] it doesn’t mean the same thing today that it meant in the 70s,” she said in the interview. Cox will be playing Tim Curry’s famous gender-bending role in the tv movie. “It’s not appropriate to refer to trans people as a transvestite [today], but it is [used here as] the character in that specific moment in history.”
So how does she reconcile the problematic nature of the role? She believes the role will give her a chance to further discuss the issues her community faces going forward.
Check out the problematic song in question, “Sweet transvestite,” below:
The 32-year-old actress made famous for her role as Sophia Burset on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black will make her musical debut as Dr. Frank-N-Furter on Fox on October 20.
Laverne Cox has became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award in an acting category. Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” “Orange is the New Black,” a prison-set hybrid “dramedy,” could have [...]