Taskmaster actor Olga Kurylenko recently discussed her taking on the role of a gender swapped Taskmaster in the recently released Black Widow film.

Kurylenko spoke with ComicBook.com about the controversy surrounding her reveal as Taskmasker.

Taskmaster in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

First, Kurylenko claims the gender swap fits the story.

She says, “You see, it does fit the story. I was concentrating on this story.”

She then stated, “The decision (character changes) wasn’t made by me and as far as I’m concerned, I was happy for that decision, of course, because it involves me and it’s so much fun….”

Taskmaster in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

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Next, Kurylenko claims the gender swap is irrelevant, she explains, “Well, I understand that they swapped gender, but I think it’s irrelevant really whether the character is a female or male because who cares?”

She then asserts, “She’s just as strong and maybe even stronger. It’s not about what gender you are. It’s about what your capabilities are, what you can do, how well you do what you’re supposed to do. And if you’re excellent at it, it doesn’t matter who you are.”

(L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Taskmaster in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

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As YouTuber Eric July noted back in June, actors like Kurylenko who take on race and gender swapped roles “have absolutely no integrity.”

July specifically noted, “You are playing a tokenized square role. You are not to be taken serious. And you took the gig, obviously, in hopes to advance your career.”

He added, “But all that activism s*** is nonsense. You ain’t talking about nothing. You ain’t talking about nothing. You just take roles.”

Source: Black Widow

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And clearly Kurlyenko admits she’s happy she took the role because it benefited her career. But all of her virtue signaling about gender not mattering is exactly that it’s just virtue signaling.

The fastest time in the 100 meters by a woman was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States at the 1988 United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana. She ran a time of 10.49 seconds.

There are four high schoolers from just California that ran faster times in 2019. According to The Athletic, Domani Jackson ran a 10.25, Rodrick Pleasant ran 10.32, Tristyn Flores ran 10.35, and Patrick Ize-Iyamu Jr. ran a 10.47. Nathan Johnson, also from California, ran the same time as Griffith-Joyner, 10.49.

Taskmaster in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Adrienn Szabo. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

So the idea that gender doesn’t matter is clearly not true, and is empty virtue signaling to try and justify the fact that she took on a gender-swapped role.

What do you make of Kurylenko’s comments?

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