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The Daily Mail Gets Transphobic as Sofia Coppola Casts Gender-Fluid Actor in 'The Little Mermaid'

by Zachary Tallis
June 16, 2014 10:12 AM
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Andrej Pejic has become the first confirmed cast member of Sofia Coppola's live action Little Mermaid adaptation. Pejic, who was born male but prefers female pronouns and considers herself as living "between genders", has previously made a splash (geddit!) in the modelling world, but also appeared alongside Tilda Swinton in David Bowie's 2013 music video The Stars (Are Out Tonight).

Despite Pejic's stated preference for female pronouns, the news of her casting in Coppola's film was first reported by The Daily Mail (in a story we won't link to here) with the charming headline "The Little Merman!". The entire story then refers to Pejic as "he", despite it taking no more than a click on her Wikipedia page to see that this is not how Pejic would have it. Hardly surprising for a publication with such a history, but depressing all the same.

With the role described as "Sister No.4" it seems unlikely to be a major part for Pejic, but it certainly sets a refreshing and intriguing precedent ahead of further casting. Naturally, we'll keep you updated.

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7 Comments

  • Truth | June 17, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    The Daily Mail is atrocious. Trust a better source, next time.

  • Garrett | June 17, 2014 3:34 PMReply

    "This is not how Pejic would have it" . Lmao.

  • Jen | June 16, 2014 2:22 PMReply

    There goes another female role.

  • kayla | June 18, 2014 9:34 PM

    Female is a word not a fact. Gender is fluid And not constrained by society's labeling. Read a book sometime before you open your ignorant mouth

  • Susan | June 16, 2014 5:23 PM

    She's female. What's the problem?

  • K | June 16, 2014 2:00 PMReply

    She looks so much like Natalie Portman here!

  • Daniella Isaacs | June 16, 2014 12:21 PMReply

    Damn. I was assuming, until I got to the last couple of lines, that Andrej Pejic was cast in the lead. We've had trans actresses cast as, say, Bond girls going all the way back to the early 1980s--"For Your Eyes Only," for instance. This really isn't a breakthrough, though I'll certainly congratulate Pejic for snagging a role in a prestige film.

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