Daily Telegraph Slammed For Transphobic Headline On Scarlett Johansson Story

Scarlett Johansson newspaper story in the Daily Telegraph slammed for transphobic slur

Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper has been criticised after publishing a transphobic slur in a headline over the weekend.

The newspaper was reporting actor Scarlet Johansson withdrawing from the film Rub & Tug, following a backlash against her casting in the role of a transgender man.


The Sunday Telegraph published the story in the early edition of the print newspaper under the title “Scarlett dumps tranny role”. It’s understood the article was removed from later editions of the newspaper.

Members of the LGBTIQ community took to social media to ask why the publication had decided to use the word, which is no longer an acceptable word to use to refer to a trans person according to reporting guides produced by ACON and the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.

Writer Benjamin Law labelled the headline “truly vile.”

“If you work in a media culture that thinks this is fine and dismisses anger over this as hypersensitivity, you work in a place that regards some people as less than human,” he tweeted.

Change.org Executive Director Sally Rugg tweeted, “There are words so poisonous with historical violence and persecution they’re no longer acceptable in public discourse.

“They’re traumatic for the people once labelled with those smears, and we are meant to be better than the past they come from. This is unacceptable.”

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