December 17, 2011

"'Work It,' an upcoming ABC sitcom about men forced to dress as women to get a job, has angered equality activists..."

"... who see the premise as trivializing the obstacles transgender people face daily in the workplace," writes Jeremy Kinser at Advocate.com:
Although there are no transgender characters on the series, Drian Juarez, project manager for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Program at Los Angeles's Gay and Lesbian Center, finds the promo exploitive [sic]. In a statement released to the press, Juarez says, "What is clearly intended to be a humorous promotional ad for the show depicts the two lead characters, dressed as women, standing at a urinal. Sadly, it’s very common for people to promote fear of sharing the bathroom with transgender people as a means to further their prejudice. We’re frequently portrayed as sexual predators using the bathroom to make sexual advances."
Here's the ad:



Kinser also quotes Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign:
"We've seen a lot of offensive things on TV over the years, but this really takes the cake... The so-called 'comedy' of Work It is based on the premise that male-bodied people who unsuccessfully attempt to present themselves as women are worthy of ridicule. The problem is that most transgender women find themselves in this situation, at least temporarily, during their transition process. And due to the prohibitively high costs of transition-related medical care and widespread insurance inequities, many may be visibly transgender for their entire lives."
Speaking of what takes the cake, the best comedy movie ever made uses the same premise of 2 heterosexual men who dress as women. Is this premise to be avoided because it has something to do with an actual problem actual experienced by some people who may be sympathetic?

If the answer is yes, how many other subjects for comedy would you place off limits to protect the feelings of real people with real problems? Bad marriages, diseases, death, accidents, ugliness, mental illness, farting... ugh! Practically everything funny will be off limits! Or... I don't know... maybe you could still make a comedy about "human rights" activists who starchily insist that nobody laugh anymore. It could be about a group of TV writers — like the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" — except the network has added a "human rights" activist to their team, and she/he shoots down every comic idea they have.

34 comments:

Pogo said...

Was't this the premise of the Tom Hank's TV show Bosom Buddies?

MadisonMan said...

I'm outraged.

Oh, wait, it snowed out, and I'm happy. Never mind.

I'll wait for the next Big outrageous thing to be outraged.

Pogo said...

It's that old joke, isn't it?

Q: "Hear the one about the two [insert victim group here]?
A: That's not funny!"

The title for Althouse's comedy could be
"Humorless Scolds."

It'd be Lions for Lambs, but with better jokes.

traditionalguy said...

Transgender victims are not funny. They are tragic beyond words.

But getting angry that the whole world for not becoming their enablers upon their command is funny. We either have to cry or laugh at that degree of confusion dressed up in words that sound like a medical issue exists outside their imprisoned minds.

Curious George said...

"Pogo said...
Was't this the premise of the Tom Hank's TV show Bosom Buddies?" My first thought, but then after my first cup of coffee I recalled that it wasn't dressing as women to get a job, but to keep a place where they lived that was "women only". So they dressed up and the hijinx started.

Pogo said...

Ah yes, Curious.

Still, Hanks deserves serious opprobrium.

DADvocate said...

Practically everything funny will be off limits!

Don't worry denigrating and ridiculing men will always be acceptable.

SGT Ted said...

Women's clothing is cut for women's bodies. Do trannies thInk they DON'T look ridiculous wearing women's clothes?

It's one thing to want to dress like a woman. It's another thing to think you actually will look attractive in them. Most of the time, men look like weirdos dressed like women. Which is the real premise of the show.

Sorry, trannies. Most of the time, you look odd.

Paco Wové said...

"male-bodied people"???

ricpic said...

The only folks who've solved the transgendered dilemma are hermaphrodites.

The Crack Emcee said...

You just knew Whoopi Goldberg would fart in public, didn't you?

My only wish is that it cleared the couch,...

TML said...

Pogo, that's the first thing I thought of too. Tom Hanks hates trannies.

Shanna said...

That show looks really, really bad.

It's a shame, because I really liked one of the actors back on Prison break and would like to see him in something. Just not..this.

Fernandinande said...

I think it's a good idea to let the paraphilias of a small minority of the population define public policy for everyone else.

Ron said...

Isn't Tootsie also viewed as the second highest comedy as well?

Psychedelic George said...

Nobody's perfect!

Lovernios said...

Right Paco. How about "transition-related medical care"? Sounds an awful like "reproductive health".

Orwell (and Goldstein) was right. Control language, control thought.

PaulV said...

really ugly faux womyn

PaulV said...

It is a bit late. The Mancession has here awhile

edutcher said...

Ah, yes, we're offended. So the world must change to accommodate me.

So what else is new?

Pogo said...
Was't this the premise of the Tom Hank's TV show Bosom Buddies?

PaulV said...
really ugly faux womyn


Yes, and at least he and Scolari didn't look ridiculous in drag.

PS Dies the Transgender Economic Empowerment Program at Los Angeles's Gay and Lesbian Center realize how far back the expression "in drag" goes?

MadisonMan said...

In Bosom Buddies, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari dressed like woman to live in the cheap apartment. I think that was the premise. Been a while.

Mary Beth said...

Offensive = funny, sounds like everything Jimmy Carr has ever done.

Freeman Hunt said...

"Good morning, Hank."
"Good morning, Barbara. I've something to tell you."
"What is it?"
"I've decided to go about in ladies' clothes from now on."
"Ha ha ha."
"It's not funny!"

Gahrie said...

The best comedy movie ever was Blazing Saddles.

gerry said...

Just think. In twenty years, transgender disorders will be on the junk heap of psychology, just as "repressed memories" is now.

Think how much damage (and money) the shrinks - as expert witnesses - and attorneys got, while that phoney-baloney was believed?

Follow the money.

Sorun said...

On the transgender theme, I saw this license plate today: 1DCUNTD

Seeing Red said...

ITA w/Pogo, I just thought ABC was so bankrupt they pulled Bosom Buddies out of the dustbin.


From what little I understand, tho, Unclie Miltie did it better.

Seeing Red said...

And lest we forget Some Like It Hot!

Robert Cook said...

I'm offended because it's so stupid.

american girl in italy said...

it looks like a stupid show, trying to remake the much better show Bosom Buddies. they most likely had to switch the premise from an apartment to a job, since there aren't Women Only apartment buildings any longer.

If the GLBT community wants to get all outrageously outragey at anyone, it should be at Hollywood for creating such an unoriginal crap remake.

But come on, Ann is right, lighten the frick up.

Are they going to go after every cross dressing movie out there, like those Eddie Murphy, Wayan Brothers and Mama movies...?

Men have been dressing up as women on tv since it's inception.

jeff said...

"It could be about a group of TV writers — like the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" — except the network has added a "human rights" activist to their team, and she/he shoots down every comic idea they have."

So a reality show then?

John and Ruth said...

I suppose this story

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/16/us-thailand-ladyboys-idUSTRE7BF0EO20111216

fits in there, somewhere

Chip S. said...

Will no one speak up on behalf of shipwrecked castaways? Their suffering has been mocked for decades in syndication.

SGT Ted said...

Chip,

Those are white hererosexuals. It's OK to portray them in an offensive way .