Lighten the fuck up.
Please, no more mortally offended treatises on why the planned production of Tomboy, starring Michelle Rodriguez, is the worst thing to happen to trans people.
To tie a film not even out yet to Huston’s ignorant, yet democratic, slaying of HERO is reprehensible and just god damned lazy. It’s low hanging fruit and every blogger/HuffPo Hack/aspiring TG actress that is spewing hate should back it the hell up a minute, stop flinching and really think this through.
“We can only talk about trans issues if we talk about them just the right way!” is a pipedream. That is not how the conversation unfolds outside the hallways of activist orgs. At a bar, in an iHop, around questionable delivery pizza nomed by the glow of PS4s and Xboxs, the conversation is about a popular actress playing a badass. Not that the topic is being misappropriated or handled wrong.
Action movies. Not really known to uphold the finer points of societal discourse, princesses. By becoming an irrational ragebeast whenever someone who is not you brings trans issues into any sort of public light, you skew the perspective in a manner that is more harmful than you know.
You paint us all with this thin-skinned terror brush. You quote suicide rates, you recount struggles, you bathe everyone who will listen in the most horrific and terrifying aspects of being transgender. That is fucking depressing, and the picture you offer the non-trans public with your insistent offense-taking at everything not vetted through your brain-dead communication committees is actually harming the very humans you are advocating for. Stop telling nothing but horror stories every…single…chance…you…get…in reaction to everything. It’s a threshold communications tactic and eventually your optics are going to lean towards apathy, not empathy.
I’m looking forward to an action movie with a TG plot device, but that’s maybe because I know that it’s just a movie, not an overarching commentary on how society looks at transgender people.
“We haven’t read the script, but it’s disappointing…” – GLAAD
You are absolutely right, GLAAD. That is disappointing.