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GLAAD, transgender groups want ABC to drop 'Work It'

Hollywood — Two leading gay groups want ABC to drop the new sitcom "Work It" before it even premieres on Jan. 3.

The sitcom features two men who cross-dress like women to get jobs.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said it sends a signal that transgender people are "something to be laughed at."

"The timing couldn't be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women are inherently funny," said GLAAD Associate Director of Entertainment Media Matt Kane. "Shows like this have the power to put the transgender community in an even more dangerous position."

GLAAD and other groups are also not happy about an ad campaign for "Work It" which depicts the two male characters in female clothing at urinals.

The Transgender Law Center said that images like that make it hard for transgender people to gain full equality.

"This show will be seen by millions of viewers nationwide, and the icky promotions are already in full swing," said Mark Daniel Snyder of the Transgender Law Center.
My transgender meeting two days ago had a discussing on "Work It" as well as
"Bosom Buddies".

Of the twenty people in my Transgender meeting all of us, did not see either TV
show, showing anything negative on us Transgendered.
We were all wondering why GBLT and maybe others had gotten so upset with such a
comedy TV show?

We were all also thinking maybe GBLT has gone overboard on over nothing?

WE all want to be treated IQUALILY in society but ranting and raving on such
trivial issues hurts us all, lets work on the serious issues we all face in this
Posted by Tigresa on Wed, 12/21/2011 5:16 AM
For me it’s not about political correctness, it’s not about snuffing the rights of others. I found the preview clip upsetting to watch, much as I do when someone innocently sends me a joke about transgender people, or if I’m within earshot of someone using a discriminatory term for a racial or religious minority. On the reasonable assumption that the preview clip is representative of the program’s content, I can only conclude the program is in bad taste. No doubt the program will appeal in some quarters of society.

Someone, somewhere in a work or school setting, on a bus, in the subway … wherever …….. will draw a parallel between one of the absurd cross-dressing characters in the program and a transgender person they wish to hurt. A little more kindling for their funeral pyre.

Posted by Kaye Martin on Wed, 12/21/2011 6:08 AM
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