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There is a lot of television I do not watch.

Don't get me wrong.  I watch too much television, but it's often cooking shows or men at work, like This Old House, or travel shows like Rick Steves.  And I'm a sucker for a good mystery.  Elementary currently has my attention.

But I try mightily to avoid being exposed to today's culture.  So I don't watch Jimmy Kimmel or Mike & Molly.  And apparently that's a good thing.

GLAAD has called out CBS for an transphobic scene in Mike & Molly.  It's just not cool, dudes -- By dudes, I refer to the actor, the producer, the director, and the writers…any of whom could have stood up and said, loudly,

NO!!!

The offensive scene came within the first few minutes of the February 11 episode entitled “The Princess and the Troll.” In the scene, the show’s main character Mike is talking with his police partner and best friend Carl about Carl’s checkered romantic past of picking up downtrodden women off the street:
Carl: It’s been a long time since I’ve trolled for bus pass ass.
Mike: (Laughing) Not since the shemale incident of ’08. You spent the whole night crying and gargling!
Carl: Learned a lot of lessons that night.
The use of the derogatory term “shemale” is offensive in and of itself, but Mike goes on to categorize what happened as a traumatic experience which left Carl disgusted and weeping with regret.  The joke relies on the assumption that transgender people (and the thought of being with one) are revolting, and invites the audience to laugh right along. And last night that audience was 10.4 million people.
I know.  "It's just a joke."

Right.  We transpeople are all just jokes, you know.  And we have no senses of humor.

Like we might even get offended by this obviously hilarious bit on KImmel:

That's just too cute, Jimmie.  What a gift for Valentine's Day.  It almost ranks up there with the time you joked about violence against transwomen (hitting trannies with axes video since removed).  Or his skit about the transgender question at Miss USA…oh, darn, that's been scrubbed as well.

I don't watch American Idol either.  But during research for this diary, I ran into Kez Ban's audition for the show.

It is not surprising that Ban said this before performing:

Before we get started, can I ask you one question?  If you think I am destined to the bloopers reel in a way the would embarrass my mother, let me know right now and I will leave.
CBS has also committed to meeting with GLAAD staff to discuss the offensive scene, as well as a number of other incidents on CBS comedies and dramas in the past year that increasingly add up to a disturbing trend.  GLAAD is calling on CBS to put an end to anti-trans content for the sake of a laugh and to treat trans issues with greater sensitivity.

Originally posted to TransAction on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM PST.

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  •  the more people transform, the more the MSM stays (13+ / 0-)

    the same.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:03:25 PM PST

  •  You'd think TV would get this (13+ / 0-)

    You'd be wrong. I'm especially embarrassed that so many of the people involved in writing sitcoms are gay men. All I can say is that for trans-people in scripted TV, it's still the late 1980s. Contrast this with the transgendered contestant on this season of Ru-Paul's Drag Race (which I won't miss) who was treated with GREAT respect when she disclosed, and the other contestants used words like "bravery" a lot when they discussed her.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:08:28 PM PST

  •  Yet another reason for me to remain free from (12+ / 0-)

    the scourge of television. Sorry to hear about this incident, Robyn. But glad that GLAAD is taking CBS to task for it.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:10:22 PM PST

  •  we share similar viewing habits it seems (8+ / 0-)

    so I was not aware of this show.  However I will note that true crime shows are also horrible in their treatment of sexual issues, to the extent that a hounddog sad exLt of Detectives will solemnly intone, "his wife reported his acting gay (WTF is that) which could have led to his murder"
    Even worse are the true crime authors gloating (evidently) over the murder of a transsexual because she had been promiscuous (judging from the word choice and tone)

    I don't watch true crime stories simply because the narrators seem more interested in turning a criminal case into a morality play as opposed to a simple criminal case      

  •  call me naive, but can someone explain why the (8+ / 0-)

    recent snl skits featuring gay characters is supposed to be funny, cos it's not (to me anyway).

    i have cousins & nieces who're gay/lesbian & it makes me uncomfortable to see them portrayed the way they are, b/c they're nothing like that in real life.

  •  I consume an enormous amount of TV (2+ / 0-)
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    Mostly as ambient noise. I'm not much for listening to music unless I want to sit down and listen to music, TV is voices in the background. Occasionally I get hung up and watch programs just for the sake of them.

    I love the new Sherlock series. mr.u is addicted to Rick Steves and old Perry Masons. He gets home late and those are his "wind down" shows. Last night's episode of Perry and Della and Paul had a very young George Takai on it, it was cool.

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:07:34 PM PST

    •  I've been watching Perry at noon on Hallmark... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...If I'm home.  I saw that episode with Takei a few weeks ago.

      •  The more I learn about Raymond Burr (3+ / 0-)
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        and how much control he had over the show the more I wonder if he didn't reach out to other gay actors to give them jobs.

        He had almost free reign on the set, he kept the actor who played Lt. Tragg when he began clearly having trouble with his memory. Burr helped him with his lines and made sure he got a paycheck.

        He cultivated orchids and named one of them Barbara Hale Orchid, he loved his co-stars. He was quite the character.

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:23:40 PM PST

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  •  Pretty gross (2+ / 0-)
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    I remember an episode of Family Guy (which I've always loved) in which Quagmire found out he had a transgender mother. The episode quite literally made me nauseous in how it portrayed her. In one scene, after finding out that he slept with her, Brian threw up for probably a solid minute. It was just really disgusting. It was horrific. I can usually handle off-color humor, but that wasn't off-color humor...that was trans-bashing.

    I honestly don't know if Fox was pressured over that episode. I'm happy GLAAD is taking these incidents on, but man, does television have a long way to go.

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:11:22 PM PST

  •  With the basic understanding that I don't (0+ / 0-)

    know what it truly is like to be gay let alone transgendered, can we not also understand that for some people there are sexual acts that some people are "revolted" by?  Or does diversity not encompass a wide variety of sexual attractions/desires and/or the lack thereof?

    I've never seen the show and don't know the characters involved but I can understand being repulsed by certain sexual acts and at the same time being horny (or otherwise impaired) enough to engage in sexual acts that we normally wouldn't engage in.  And if I saw the episode I may change my mind.  But what is described here seems harmless enough.

    Can we not laugh at sexual encounters that we regret later?  Who has not had such an episode?  If you haven't gone farther than is regrettable perhaps you aren't experiencing enough of life to know what is and what isn't appropriate for you?

    Anyway, in general I don't think comedy shows should be taken too seriously.  And this seems much ado about nothing.  

    But with that said, perhaps I'm missing something and I'm open minded enough to hear a rebuttal.

    Anyway, I can understand people being sensitive to this type of humor and I won't judge those people.  But I also won't judge the people that wrote the comedy and those that laugh about it.

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:37:17 PM PST

    •  If we had equal rights... (5+ / 0-)

      ...and if there weren't men who thought that beating us to death and/or mutilating our corpse and/or setting us on fire or depositing our remains in a dump because we deserve that sort of treatment, we'd love to laugh along with you.

      But we don't live in such a world.  People who see us openly disrespected on television are likely to adopt that disrespect and behave accordingly.

      •  Ok, I think I hear you (0+ / 0-)

        but you are conflating the most brutal aspects of the reality of some transgendered (and gay) people with a comedy show.  If they had said something to the effect of "I had to shower after the encounter to get rid of the blood stains from beating it/her/him" I could better understand.

        I have read a lot of your diaries but it is extremely hard for me to relate.  I wish nothing but the best to those that are born into a gay or transgendered body.   The intolerance and hate that is directed to this segment of society is extremely sad.  But I challenge you.  Describe a situation in a comedy show that you might write where a "straight" person has sex with a person of the same sex and/or a person that is transgendered.  Is there no comedic vehicle?  If you say that,  I would likely say that you are not a "serious" comedian.   Because there is humor in most of the possible human interactions.

        But if you describe a humorous scenario is it funny to a small segment or a large segment of the audience?  The reason I ask is that humor tailored for a small segment of the general population is not necessarily superior to humor tailored to the general population.  In other words, humor can offend without being offensive and that seems to be the case here.

        FWIW, at this stage of human evolution many people don't understand same sex attraction.  Far fewer understand transgendered reality.  I most fervently hope that violence against gays or transgendered is decreasing as this ignorance about their "condition" is lessened.  But to assign this comedic bit to violence against people with "other than "normal" sexual preferences" is a bit of a stretch.  And, of course, there are those that will bring in the racial aspect of our human existence and bring up "blackface" which is understandable (and righteous) and yet, probably, in error.

        We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

        by theotherside on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:25:39 PM PST

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        •  A whole hell of a lot of transpeople.. (3+ / 0-)
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          ...are straight.  If you do not believe transwomen are women and transmen are men, then you would be operating from a position of basic disrespect for who we are as human beings.  Comedy can start with that as a premise, can't it?

          A transwoman who is attracted to men is straight.  A transwoman who is attracted to women is a lesbian.  A transman who is attracted to women is straight.  A transman who is attracted to men is gay.  Just like "normal" people.

          Being transgender is not same-sex attraction.  I think you are missing that.

          •  Rserven, I come to this from a point of (0+ / 0-)

            ignorance.  For many people this is something that should not be admitted because it deals with our own imperfection and fallibility.  But I'm getting to the stage of life where I understand that I'm so very far from perfect and that I have tons to learn.  But, truthfully,   I think, on some level, I understand same sex attraction even though I was born into a body that is attracted to the opposite sex.

            As I mentioned, I have read many of your diaries, and that while I understand "transgendered" people more as a result of your diaries, I must admit I don't truly understand many of the aspects of the reality of transgendered people.  

            I DO realize that being transgendered is not the same as same-sex attraction.  But do you realize that for many (if not most) of heterosexual people having sexual interaction with people with the same "plumbing" is awkward at best and potentially disturbing?  

            Is it an excuse for violence?  Hell no!  But I can certainly understand from a male heterosexual's point of view the difficulty dealing with touching/fondling/having sex with a person that was born with a penis.

            With that said, I will continue my journey toward better understanding people with a wide variety of life experiences.    Perhaps you, better than most, can understand a wide variety of reactions to norms of society and understand that differing opinions are understandable and expected.  Hate and violence should never be tolerated and I can understand thinking that comedy can lead to accepting hate and violence but, sometimes, comedy is merely that and should be accepted as that.

            We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

            by theotherside on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:35:49 PM PST

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            •  If people don't want to have sex with... (2+ / 0-)
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              ..with us, then they shouldn't.  They are not required to also make fun of us on television, in the movies, or anyplace in public.  Or to harm us physically.  Or fire us from our jobs.  Or evict us from our dwellings.  Or arrest us because they assume we must be doing something illicit.

              •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

                I think I understand transgendered people more than a vast majority of the people in the US and yet I don't fully understand the reality that you face.   But discrimination in housing, or employment, or threat of violence is entirely unacceptable.  To expand the discussion, you don't need to understand the Muslim faith to understand that people have a right to live life as they see fit and that includes religious freedom to believe as you/they see fit.

                But personally I think religious belief and sexual interactions are a ripe source of comedic material even though that may offend some religious people and some people who think differently about sexuality.

                Regardless, like I said, I haven't seen the episode and I don't know the characters involved but prima facie it seems a case of overreach to find offense where none was intended.  But perhaps a case can yet be made.

                We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

                by theotherside on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:18:42 PM PST

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                •  Here's the thing (1+ / 0-)
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                  Like you, I don't have a lot of (any) firsthand knowledge of trans* people; most of my knowledge has come from educating myself via Robyn's diaries.  However, I know enough that it's not "overreach" to find the term "shemale" offensive - just imagine if it had been the n- word or the f- word.  It's just as bad, and that's even before getting into the whole portrayal of it as something revolting (which takes it to a whole other level).

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                  by Avilyn on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:49:38 AM PST

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    •  Is "blackface" acceptable to you? (4+ / 0-)
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      This isn't about a "sex act" that somebody may not engage in under normal circumstances, it's about harmful stereotypes. It's about using a word that's as offensive as the "F" word or the "N" word. It's about dehumanizing a class of people to get a cheap laugh. If it's not okay to do that to a racial or ethnic minority, why is it okay to do it to the transgendered?

      "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

      by MargaretPOA on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:54:26 PM PST

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      •  Ok, here is a good example of a big divide amongst (0+ / 0-)

        humanity.  There is a subset of humanity that is concerned with inclusiveness and understanding and diversity.  But some of these very same people will want to argue that obvious jokes are out of bounds amongst "civilized" people.  

        I understand that some people will say that a boundary is crossed and I understand that some people will say it's a joke.  But the people who say that it is unacceptable usually assume that they are taking the higher moral ground and it's not always the case.

        Specifically, there seems to be a problem with the "shemale" term.  On some grounds I can understand that.  If you say it is derogatory I will try to understand why that is.  At the same time we need to understand that there are people out there that have the physical "plumbing" of a male and yet dress and behave as a female.  When speaking formally we should call these people what?  When speaking informally we should call these people what?

        For better or worse, we seem to formally call these people transgendered and informally call these people "shemales".    I'm open to better ways to use language to get across the reality that "these" people face but in a comedy show I'm willing to grant a wide leeway to the artists involved.

        The funny thing is that many conservatives object to "liberal" forms of comedy.  They say it mainstreams perverted or immoral points of view.  And yet some liberals display the same non-inclusive views as these conservatives, IMO.

        As to your specific (and legitimate) question regarding why it's not okay about racial or ethnic identity but may be okay about transgendered people, the answer is fairly obvious, isn't it?

        If you do not understand the distinction I would be happy to discuss it with you so that we could better understand one another.  But the reality, IMO, is that having sex with a person that you're not sure of the ethnic heritage of the person is radically different than having sex with a person that shows the outward signs of one gender but has the plumbing of another gender.

        Now, if you are content with having sex with either males, females or transgendered, then god bless you.  Most of us aren't wired that way either via nature or nurture.   I'm accepting of a wide range of sexual norms.   But "most" of us aren't completely tolerant of having sex with a person whom we think is of one gender but is not really of that gender.

        We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

        by theotherside on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:04:26 PM PST

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        •  "Not really" that gender? (3+ / 0-)
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          The line is now behind you.  You know?  The one you shouldn't cross?

          •  Rserven, perhaps it is more than I deserve (1+ / 0-)
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            and more than I should expect, but I would appreciate you trying to treat me as someone that can be won over to your side rather than one that should be opposed at all costs.

            Instead of trying to belittle a person that admits to not fully understanding transgendered people perhaps a more constructive course of action would be to not hint at arbitrary "lines crossed" but engage with that person in the spirit of honesty, diversity and open dialogue.

            Go with that in any direction you wish.  But one direction I would encourage you to explore is how, in your opinion, a straight male should react to thinking that they are engaging with a female when in reality they are engaging with (insert your own terminology) a person with a penis.

            Please be honest and don't be afraid that I may judge you.  I will most likely not say that you crossed some arbitrary lines that you were not aware of in the first place.  I say that not to be argumentative or derogatory but merely to say that I value honest dialogue that expands my horizons and I found your last comment to be counterproductive to that aim.

            We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

            by theotherside on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:01:50 PM PST

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          •  What do you mean by that? (0+ / 0-)

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            by dov12348 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:46:22 AM PST

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        •  I think you must have misspoken here (3+ / 0-)
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          Yes, by definition there is a disconnect between the apparent gender and the real gender of a pre-operative transgender person, but surely their "real gender" is their mental gender-- the gender with which they themselves identify. Right? You sound like you're simply referring to their sex organs, which isn't really what's meant by the word "gender."

          It sounds like what you're really trying to get at is that most straight men are seriously turned off by penises, and so there's some inherent humor in a straight man being confronted by an attractive woman who has a penis. While I can see how that's true, as a woman, I personally think it would be pretty traumatizing to have a penis, so I can understand why transwomen don't find their predicament very amusing. I know it can sometimes be hard to find the right balance between looking for the humor in every situation and being respectful of other people, but surely this particular show could have tried a little harder than THIS.

          •  Yeah, I think the less offensive/insulting version (4+ / 0-)
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            would be more like "I think most people would only be comfortable having sex with a cisgender guy/girl."

            I think that gets the point across while respecting the other party's gender identity?

            I'm no expert, which is why I find rserven's diaries educational.

            Words do matter.

            •  Except that most of the world... (1+ / 0-)
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              ..has never heard of the term "cisgender."  Probably including a lot of transgenders.  And if they did, and assuming they also knew what it meant, they wouldn't use it because they'd know almost no one else would know what they were talking about.

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              by dov12348 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:44:37 AM PST

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          •  That's entirely fair (0+ / 0-)

            I think the statistics will bear out that the overwhelming majority of people mentally identify with their physical gender.  But for transgendered people, I think my understanding, and your understanding, is that this is not the case.

            As far as humor goes, I personally think that there is humor in lamenting having sex with a wide variety of people.  But that's because I'm pretty open minded about having sex with a wide variety of people as long as it is consensual.  Of cousre, then juxtaposing your horny self with your rational self is a source of conflict and hence humor.

            I get people being sensitive.  I also get people telling the sensitive people that they are being overly sensitive.  I also get the the sensitive people being sensitive about being called sensitive and them telling other people that they have crossed a line.  

            But, truth be told, we shall all die in due time and to get overly worked up about a comedy bit and to castigate those that don't share the same indignation over the perceived sleight seems a bit much in my mind.  But I may be sensitive to this issue and I may be overly defensive of allowing a wide variety of thought on this subject.

            We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

            by theotherside on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 09:41:15 PM PST

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            •  Well, yes. (2+ / 0-)
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              >I think the statistics will bear out
              >that the overwhelming majority of
              >people mentally identify with their
              >physical gender.  But for transgendered
              >people, I think my understanding,
              >and your understanding, is that this
              >is not the case.

              I think it's well-accepted by everyone that transgendered people are a very small minority. That's why they have such a particularly difficult time with stereotypes, sometimes even within the rest of the LGBT community. And it's a pretty darn understandable reason for the sensitivity you're referring to. The smaller and more marginalized a group of people is, the less often their actual voices are heard in society, and the more of a serious problem it becomes every time they get stereotyped in public. Nobody in their right mind cares if old white male senators get made fun of, because their real voices get heard from all the time. But with a very small minority such as transpeople, their real voices could be completely drowned out in a sea of unrealistic and disrespectful mockery. I'd feel pretty sensitive about that in their position too... wouldn't you?

        •  Sex is between the legs (1+ / 0-)
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          Gender is between the ears. And I've decided that you're just a bigot, albeit one who wants to sound like his/her bigotry is "reasonable".

          "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

          by MargaretPOA on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 05:02:14 AM PST

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  •  I stopped watching Family Guy (5+ / 0-)
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    Because apparently according to the producers of that show, a human having sex with a dog, (Brian) is okay but a dog having sex with a post op transwoman is loathsome and disgusting, (for the dog). It's a damned shame because I liked that show and though I make a lot of allowances for humor, that one was a bridge too far.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 05:41:27 PM PST

    •  I just posted about that above (5+ / 0-)
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      That was such a revolting show. It crossed the line from humor right into bashing for me. And I've defended Family Guy before. Not here. That was unconscionable.

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      by Chrislove on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:06:25 PM PST

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      •  Agreed. (5+ / 0-)
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        Yep, I saw your comment after posting mine but had I read yours first, I still would have posted mine. All those FG episodes in which Brian was involved in relationships with (human) women but sex with the (transgendered) human prompted that over the top vomiting. I couldn't watch that show ever again without being reminded of that. To answer your question though, yes, there was some push back and Seth McFarland defended it, thus ending my being a fan of him as well.

        "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

        by MargaretPOA on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:11:52 PM PST

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        •  Didn't mean it to sound (4+ / 0-)
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          like you shouldn't have posted your comment if that's how it sounded, I just liked that we posted about the same thing. :)

          Yeah, agreed...I didn't catch that irony at the time of the episode, but you're absolutely right. Dog-on-(cis-)woman sex is shown as completely natural, but having sex with the transgender woman is what's disgusting. Talked about a messed up portrayal.

          And thanks for the answer...I did a little googling and found a few articles about it, but didn't come across the Seth MacFarland response.

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          by Chrislove on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:17:31 PM PST

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          •  No, it didn't sound like that at all. :) (4+ / 0-)
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            I'm trying to remember where I read that. Might have been Pam's House Blend.

            "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

            by MargaretPOA on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:42:25 PM PST

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          •  y'know (4+ / 0-)
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            I would have forgiven him entirely if he'd just had something mildly thoughtful, even in his own special rude way, to say about the matter.   Instead, dear Seth kind of doubled down, at least that was how I read it.

            The reality is that as a transperson, I accept that when I consume media a goodly percentage of it will consider my life a punchline or tag for the grotesque.  If I get on too high a horse, then much of what my species entertains themselves with will be beyond my reach, and I'll be more isolated and freaked out than I need to be (and there's enough of that about already, whether one is trans or not).  But if I consume too much defining, totalizing and toxic shit, then I won't want to get up in the morning.  So it's a balancing act.  

            The way he handled it tipped the balance for me.  Everyone is absurd is funny.  The fact people often live out their stereotypes can be funny.  But "trans people are sickening, duh" is not funny.  Fuck him.

            ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

            by jessical on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:47:14 PM PST

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  •  OT, but the U Penn alumni magazine has an article (3+ / 0-)
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    … marking the tenth anniversary of the founding of PATH (Penn's Athletes & Allies Tackling Homophobia).

    http://www.upenn.edu/...

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 06:42:39 PM PST

  •  I stand with transgender people in solidarity. (2+ / 0-)
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    All of us, human beings should have equal rights under the law and be accepted in all ways of living and loving.

  •  Thanks for showing the video of Kez (3+ / 0-)

    That made me happy, and my appreciation for American Idol just increased about 1000%

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