‘Pose’ Cast Calls Out Cis Actors Taking Trans Roles at HipHopMagz & THR Pride Summit

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During Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Pride Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday (Aug. 8), cast members from the ground-breaking FX show Pose — Angel Curiel, Dyllón Burnside, Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore and MJ Rodriguez – sat down with moderator Jayce Baron of Kills & Tell Networks for a wide-ranging and very real conversation.

A diversity of perspectives was voiced during the Televised Revolution: The Beings of Pose panel, but there was one thing the cast fully agreed upon – cis actors taking trans roles need to sit down. "When we talk about cis people playing trans people and these actors are arguing their entitlement," Moore says, "[It shows] you clearly don't care. It's an experience and life that are already marginalized." Moore also pointed out the upside of cis actors taking trans roles is mostly self-serving: "Oh, you just want to show people you can expand?"

  

"We need to be in the forefront and background as well," adds Rodriguez.  

"I equate it to blackface," Sahar says bluntly.    

Rodriguez also lauded Pose for writing trans characters with nuances usually reserved for cis characters. "I don't like filling shoes because it's a hard thing to do, but I'm glad I got to step into those shoes because it's part of something bigger."