Twitter exploded on Tuesday when news broke that Full House star Lori Loughlin and Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Felicity Huffman were charged with being part of a bribery scheme to get their daughters into college. Twitter users reacted with outrage at the audacity and privilege exhibited in the alleged scheme and also with a lot of humor. A few of Huffman’s old tweets that didn’t age well resurfaced and GIFS from her show Desperate Housewives began popping up. But one narrative that emerged after an enterprising Twitter user posted a March Madness-style bracket of women who could portray Huffman in the movie was that a trans woman should play her since Huffman was nominated for an Oscar for transface for 2005’s Transamerica.
Huffman and Loughlin were among 50 people who were charged as a result of the criminal investigation dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” which uncovered a scheme that federal prosecutors say involved paying off a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of the applicants or to correct the answers and bribing coaches to admit students into athletic programs, according to CNN.
Within hours of the news breaking, while Huffman was in jail on charges of felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, Twitter user Dilara Elbir posted the bracket dubbed “Felicity Huffman College Cheating Film.” Actresses like Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, and Saoirse Ronan (in old-age makeup) were on the bracket along with Huffman’s Desperate Housewives costars Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross.
march madness: who will play felicity huffman in college cheating film? pic.twitter.com/XdnTnKRWZK
— dilara elbir (@elbirdilara) March 12, 2019
Eventually, another Twitter user suggested that a trans woman should play Huffman, which kicked off an entirely different thread about the age-old problem of cisgender people playing transgender people, although the casting of cis people in trans roles has received hard pushback in recent years.
"A trans woman should play Felicity Huffman imo," wrote reporter Katelyn Burns.
— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) March 12, 2019
People began responding to Burns’s call and suggested actresses including Trace Lysette and Candis Cayne, while also slamming Huffman and the film for the unflattering makeup used for her to play a trans woman. The tweets just became funnier and more pointed.
I vote Trace Lysette. But they need to give her terrible prostheses so she looks like a bad Cro-Magnon exhibit at a natural history museum.
— TJ Billard (@ThomasJBillard) March 12, 2019
Candis Cayne but with clown makeup
— Constructed Invert (@DanteBear89) March 12, 2019
We need a trans woman to play Jared Leto transitioning into Felicity Huffman
— Aria Stevens Subjective (@ItsAriaNefaria) March 12, 2019
Alternatively: Jeffrey Tambor
— Abby Spice (@clapifyoulikeme) March 12, 2019
— jujuphil1 (@labmommy1) March 12, 2019