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Zoolander Facing Boycott For Its “Offensive Representation Of Non-Binary Individuals”

Zoolander two has become the latest film to get a boycott notice after activists have slammed the film’s portrayal of an androgynous model as “offensive.”

The forthcoming Zoolander movie due to open in theatres next year, has been blasted by activists as “offensive” with one petition calling for a boycott of the Paramount film starring Ben Stiller and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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The petition has so far garnered just over 7,700 signatures.

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The film has been slammed for the androgynous fashion model character played by Cumberbatch who is asked by Ben Stiller’s character Zoolander, if he is a ‘‘male or female model’ and whether he has a hot dog or a bun’.

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Sarah Rose, the petition’s creator also claims that,

“Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals.”

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She then went on to compare the character to “blackface”, saying,

“This is the modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority.”

Roland Emmerich’s film Stonewall faced harsh criticism earlier this year and had a terrible reception at the box office after activists claimed that the film was “whitewashing” history, because the film lacked credible trans or black characters.

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