SIO147: Callie Wright on ScarJo and Nanette

I’m so pleased to bring you an interview with Callie Wright, co-host (along with Ari Stillman!) of the Gaytheist Manifesto! Callie speaks about social justice issues with clarity and humanity and is incredible at bringing understanding and learning to those who might not otherwise find it. In that spirit, she’s here to take on the recent controversy over Scarlett Johansson playing a transgender role in an upcoming movie. (If you’d like to get a quick introduction to how badly people can misunderstand the issue, check out this aborted column from Business Insider.) After that, we talk about the Netflix Comedy Special from Hannah Gadsby called “Nanette.” I absolutely recommend you watch the special before the second half of the show, because – oddly enough – there are spoilers.

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Sakashite Fukasumi
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I feel this episode needed some explanatory setup before launching into the conversation with Callie. I had no idea what had happened with Scarlett Johansson, and you both just started talking about how awful it was. I mean, I can guess from the context of what you both said but it would be better not to assume this knowledge.