ByMona Torgersen, writer at
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The latest news surrounding the Fox remake of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is that transgender actress Laverne Cox, known for Orange Is the New Black, has been cast in the iconic role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Dr. Frank-N-Furter, originally played by Tim Curry, is a transvestite alien and mad scientist who discovers the secret to life itself and creates a man he can use as his own boytoy.

The film, which was released back in 1975, became a cult phenomenon and is today loved by people all around the globe.

Mixed feelings

So how did people react when they heard Laverne Cox is going to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter?

The actress herself took to Twitter to express her feelings, stating she is "honored to be a part of the Rocky Horror legacy."

The response she has received so far has been mixed. Some people are very excited about it, while others fear it might be harmful for the transgender community.

Singer Adam Lambert tweeted her as well, showing his support and letting her know he is very excited. Laverne tweeted back saying thank you, but has so far not addressed the negative comments she received.

It's an understandable concern, transgendered women and men who dress up in drag are two very different things, but unfortunately people still confuse the two. Having a transgendered actress playing a transvestite might cause further confusion. At the same time, limiting roles for a certain group of people can be just as damaging.

Is Dr. Frank-N-Furter really a role that can only be played by a man? Not if you ask the creators of Glee! Back in 2010, they aired an episode entitled The Rocky Horror Glee Show, and in this case Dr. Frank-N-Furter was played by actress Amber Riley.

With Laverne Cox being such an avid spokeswoman for transgender rights, it's hard to believe she would willingly cause harm to the community, she probably knows what she's doing.

Additionally, I would like to think that the fans of Rocky Horror are of the open-minded and informed kind, so the people who will see the remake probably aren't going to sit there thinking it's a stupid musical about some dude-lady.

Personally, I think the more important question is: do we really want a Rocky Horror remake? The original movie is so great, I find it hard to believe anyone would find the remake more appealing. But who knows, perhaps it will inspire a new generation of fans.

If you're feeling nostalgic, why not check out the iconic scene from the movie where Brad and Janet meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter for the first time?



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