What did the writers of “Dallas Buyers Club” and Leto as her portrayer decide to make Rayon? Why, she’s a sad-sack, clothes-obsessed, constantly flirting transgender drug addict prostitute, of course. There are no stereotypes about transgender women that Leto’s concoction does not tap. She’s an exaggerated, trivialized version of how men who pretend to be women — as opposed to those who feel at their core they are women — behave. And in a very bleak film, she’s the only figure played consistently for comic relief, like the part when fake-Woodruff points a gun at Rayon’s crotch and suggests he give her the sex change she’s been wanting. Hilarious.
The problem is what Leto did with the role and the fact that reviewers cannot stop fawning over it…Once transgender people receive the broad respect they deserve, Leto’s creation… will be seen as a crude throwback of a less aware era.
|—||Steve Friess (http://time.com/10650/dont-applaud-jared-letos-transgender-mammy/) (via i-really-like—cupcakes)|