Scarlett Johansson Announces New Role As BET Awards Host
Los Angeles, CA -- Actress Scarlett Johansson has confirmed she will take over hosting duties for the 2019 BET Awards. The “totally down” Johansson will join a list of African American luminaries to host the awards program, including Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock.
Several Twitter trolls feigned outrage, claiming the actress “was not black enough” to emcee the event. “Tell them that they can be directed to Al Jolson, Ted Danson and Gigi Hadid’s reps for comment,” Johansson’s publicist said in a way-too-rushed-out statement.
The “Lost in Translation” actress surprised many recently with her decision to accept the role of a trans character in the upcoming film “Rub and Tug.” This following the controversy surrounding her “Ghost in the Shell” turn as a Japanese woman.
“Who’s to say my client doesn’t identify as a BET Awards show host this week? Why the heck not? That’s just racist to say otherwise,” her publicist was quoted during a follow-up phone call.
Johansson was not available for comment as she is reportedly busy finding a better publicist.