12/4/11

ABC president laughs as he learns "Work It" will Spill Transgender Blood

'Work It' makes a mockery of transgender peoples struggles in the work place and empowers those with dormant transphobia to act on those urges with violence.
It reinforces the biased stereotypical misogynistic social constructs that transsexuals are not "real" people and therefore of no worth.

Plot Summary: "Looking for a job in today's economy can be a real drag. Take Lee Standish (Ben Koldyke), one-time breadwinner and current unemployment statistic. After being laid off, Lee will do anything it takes to support his family – even if it means (allowing himself to be so degraded as to) putting on a skirt and heels." The GLBTQ Encyclopedia defines
" continuing treatment of transvestism as comedy--including what can be called the "transvestite plot," wherein a heterosexual character must temporarily cross-dress in accordance with a narrative contrivance, only to be happily unmasked at the conclusion--may be seen today as, by turns, quaint or coy, playful or conservative, potentially subversive or ultimately homophobic transphobic. Corrective strike by me.

Our lives are a struggle. When we have what others consider less desirable jobs we are allowed to glide along, sometimes.

I'll never forget one haters sentiments when he said "I don't care if a tranny is working as a cashier if his line is moving faster I'll get in it". But let us get a more desirable job as I have, and the real hate begins. Everyday, viciously and without mercy. Its not comedy, it's tragic.

Any transgender person who has sat and waited in a doctors office will confirm the sales end of the pharmaceutical companies is sexualized to a almost comical extent. The woman who enter the doctors offices peddling there wares are almost always forced into hyper feminized costumes making this programs concept offensive and marginalizing to cisgender woman as well.

Transgender people have until recently have been forced to buy hormones instead of proper medical care on the internet. At best we were treated by the good graces of a empathizing doctor. We often feel compelled to remain silent even when office staffs were abusive because the reality is there might be only a couple doctors with hundreds of miles willing to treat us.

Insulting is the core message of 'Work It'. It that takes a 'real macho man' to teach transsexuals how to be a woman. This is the same meme that excuses rapists in South Africa when they 'cure' lesbians.





In a recent survey of transgender New Yorkers the
Times Union reports "74 percent of adults said they had been harassed or mistreated on the job and 75 percent of students in grades K-12 reported being bullied or tormented. Thirty-five percent of the kids said they had been physically assault."
Clearly, our decapitated bodies bodies are no more a laughing matter than the lynching of black people.

The President of ABC could give a fuck less if his shows contribute to our murders as long as they make him laugh. Digital Spy reports that ABC president Paul Lee: 'I make no excuses for Work It'

To this man the chaotic dysfunctional Monty Python serves as a role model for cultivating social consciousness! Is he even fit to serve as president of ABC?

Add you name at the petition site.com/1/ABC-NO-WORK-IT/ and lets raise our voices so he can't ignore us any longer!

UNREPENTANT MURDERER Our blood will be on your hands Paul Lee. Do not air this travesty. If it truly is in your contract to produce one 'cross dressing show a year' why don't you lead ABC to the very pinnacle of broadcasting and pick up Gun Hill Road

That I could guarantee you would be a smash hit and if done tastefully might even make you and I both 'cackle', cry, shout for joy and wait impatiently for the next episode!

2 comments:

Suzan said...

Right Like it is soooo easy for men to just "transition" and get employed, no identification, no job records, no educational records etc.

Excuse me but they do background checks on everyone these days. Trans and non-trans alike.

This one manages to conjure up the "Tootsie" factor and misogyny to boot along with a distortion of the lives of TS/TG people.

Not to mention idea that people just transition for the added jobe benefits.

Yikes... This is kind of why the only trans as subject films I can watch are documentaries.

Nancy-Jo said...

As a REAL Transsexual woman, I am utterly outraged at this! I can say definitively that there is NOTHING funny or truthful whatsoever about even the false premise that supposedly sets up the dynamics and "desperate actions" of the lead characters featured in this most inappropriate proposed sitcom. And why do I say it's inappropriate? Because I was a member of the upper middleclass until I went through my Transition to legal womanhood; and I can assure you that I wasn't given a raise or even job security at that point. No - instead, my 22-year career as a Civil Designer was brought crashing down because of anti-Transgender bigotry and illogical hatred in the workplace. Today, I barely survive as a HOMELESS woman; and languish partly because this Nation still hasn't found the compassion or even the pragmatic sense to put in place a Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would protect Trans-persons. Shame on the USA - and shame on you, ABC - for making light of a very painful and even deadly struggle for True Equality that many people (including myself) have NOT seen justice triumph in yet!! With this cavalier trivialization and misrepresentation of the actual plight of America's Transgender Community, you make yourselves part of the prejudicial problem - not part of the progressive solution. Mark my words - if you launch this travesty of a show, you will very quickly find yourself on the wrong and shameful side of the bright, new future of American History.