Sunday, January 22, 2012
Glee =/= Kind To The Trans* Community
Yes everyone, the famous "Rocky Horror Glee Show" is what I'm currently watching. You know what I hate? Transphobia (even though I'm not trans). Why? Because transphobia is just as wrong as homophobia. But Glee doesn't know there's a "T" in "LGBT" for some reason (or maybe I'll just blame Nip/Tuck). I mean what's a better way to show love and tolerance for difference in people than to say transphobic slurs?
But before we even get to that, I'm going to make a comment on Brittany's costume choice for Halloween. What is it? A peanut allergy for fucking crying out loud. I've lived my entire fucking life with a peanut allergy and had two reactions, one of which almost killed me. Yes, I have such a severe peanut (and nut) allergy that I can die because of it. Am I supposed to find this line funny? I was bullied as a kid for having that allergy, my allergy defining me. People literally waved peanut butter sandwiches in front of me, almost touching me with it. My early childhood up to about sixth grade was defined mainly by my allergy (now almost no one knows I have it). So should I be "LOLing" at this? FUCK NO. If anti-gay bullying is bad (it is), why isn't bullying someone for an allergy they can't control not? If I'm having peanut butter purposely waved only a few feet away from my face should I be concerned? YES. And of course no one (although Brittany was talking to Kurt) batted an eyelash at it. See, Glee is so respectful to people like me who could easily die because of it. Fuck this show (and yet I'll still watch it to call it out on its bullshit - sigh). I'm so glad something that can easily make me lose my life is a fucking one line joke.
OK, so enough on food allergies, onto transphobia. Of course Glee is "pushing boundaries" by removing any mention of actual transvestism (by a girl playing a guy who dresses like a girl when you can tell she is a girl), and saying the word "tranny" without batting an eyelash. Yep, you're really reaching for the stars, though you've only made it to the moon. I have a prediction Frank N. Furter isn't going to be pansexual, either.
Sue, guess what? Parents don't seem to encourage little boys to dress up as little girls for Halloween! But this is Glee, where facts like that somehow don't exist. . . Why are the writers so fucking ignorant?
OK, since I'm still watching the show, was the "Mexican Terrorist Ants" part needed? We have fucking problems in U.S.A. with our relations to Mexico. But you know Glee, always making offensive one liners no one seems to care about.
"Secular Progressive Agenda"?
And of course everyone's more concerned when there is no role for Frank N. Furter then when the negative word "tranny" is used. . .
Yep, Glee clearly doesn't understand gender expression very well. Because Frank N. Furter was meant to be sexy, and was meant to be played by a feminine girl.
"Sensational Transylvania"? Because having kids walk around on stage in their underwear is perfectly fine, but say "transsexual"? Oh hell no, that is bad for teens! Oh, and you can say the derogatory term "tranny" but the proper term? Just plain frigging no. Mercedes wanted to make the song more "modern" by saying "Sensational" instead of "Transsexual", cause you know, MewTwo must have wiped all the transsexuals out or something and they're like dinosaurs. Of course we don't have trans* students at high schools, of course not. And of course Frank N. Furter is supposed to have a feminine voice and really look like a girl rather than a drag queen (no offense to drag queens everywhere). The Glee writers need to read the definition of "transvestite" a few hundred times. One of the reasons Rocky Horror was so famous was for its cross-dressing! Of course Glee ignores this. . . How ignorant are the writers? Let's not even mention the gay teen who was forced to remove his high heels in school, since you know, it's normal for teens to be transvestites at high schools. Do these writers live under fucking rocks (answer: Yes)?
Listen to the Glee version and the original. Which one sounds like an actual transvestite male singing?
Of course The Rocky Horror Picture Show Glee version is risky enough, making transvestism and trans* people an extra special risk. How am I still alive after watching this bullshit?
This show is giving me more of a headache than the Pokemon Lavender Town theme song.
Of course trans* individuals aren't outcasts. . . What is with all the obvious ignorance here?
Holy fuck, I'm done with the show!
So what are my final comments on this episode?
The writers of Glee are ignorant on gender issues (as I pointed above), trans* people, even Rocky Horror itself (oh, and peanut allergies).
This shows transphobia and how deeply our society is set into it (caring more about a musical than millions of people who are trans*), how society likes sticking people into boxes (Mercedes as a "transvestite"), and even ignorant to the fact that many parents get pissed at little boys who dress up like little girls. They were ignorant to some of the important messages of Rocky Horror (like cross-dressing is OK) that "transsexual" is a word (because the truth is, we still have transsexual and trans* people today, always have, always will. Ignoring trans* people isn't fine or caring about difference in people. Trans* people aren't a special kind of evil. Hell, if I were on the show they'd probably make fun of me because I'm manly.), and even made sure Rachel wore clothes because who would want to see her in her bra and underwear (OK, I wouldn't want to see that, ugh, but still, why have anyone in their underwear?).
But I'm sure someone will ask why I'm so concerned about a vapid show for teenagers (except me, I'm a part of the few non-Glee fan teenagers), so why am I? Well guys, looking back, why did I write this? I mean, it is just a TV show. I'm sorry I got so worked up because I have a pro-trans* bias, wanting equal rights for them in every way possible. I'm sorry I got worked up over such a small comment. I'm sorry I can't realize Glee must have meant something else.
I hope you guys know what sarcasm is. I am not fucking sorry for standing up to a group of people who need help when they are beaten in bathrooms, fired from their jobs, not allowed to be who they are. I don't "tranny" to be a passing term, I don't want it to be the next "That's so gay!", I want people to realize the word is wrong. Glee could have said something like "drag queens" or "girl" or something else instead of "tranny". Glee could have used a guy to express gender identity, breaking society's neat little boxes, but they chose not to. I bet they even had the chance, hell they could have said something else for "tranny". Hell, Glee even used "tranny" in the original pilot. Transphobia is rampant in our society, and Glee only added to it. Hell, they've proven it in other episodes. You remember Kurt saying he wanted to run Logo? I don't watch much Logo (only The Big Gay Sketch Show, oh how I love TBGSS), but I know TBGSS was accepting to trans* people. Need some examples? The trans hooker and Prince Fitzwilliam (I'll donate you my vagina, Fitzwilliam, I don't need it). Kurt would have to learn to be comfortable with a LGBT company, or lose viewers. Oh, I even heard Glee was possibly going to have a cross dressing/trans* character, but with Ryan Murphy having worked for Nip/Tuck, I hope it never happens. (Nip/Tuck portrayed trans women offensively.) Hell, I'm sure the trans* character would have so many offensive questions asked about them (like if they'll show everyone their genitals).
There is also lots of transphobia in the gay community, which is repulsive. Glee could challenge this, but instead embraces transphobia in gays.
Glee is only a small part of our society, but has a large fan base, probably with trans* viewers. But Glee isn't a respectful, accepting-of-difference show, and if you believe so, you are delusional. Now excuse me while I actually try to help trans* people. Trans* people are not easy to be replaced, a special evil, or a one liner to be forgotten, they are human beings.
Speaking of Rocky Horror, watch this video where the song "Friends From The Other Side" from The Princess and the Frog is used with video clips from Rocky Horror, totally awesome.
So is Glee progressive? FUCK NO.