Group Criticises Glee for using the word “tranny”

As I was sitting at home over break watching hours of television and movies I noticed something that really bothered me. A lot of T.V. shows use the word “tranny” without thinking anything about it. They act like that is what transgender individuals are supposed to be called. This really started to annoy and offend me and after a simple Google search I found that I was not the only one that had noticed.

The popular show Glee, which I am not a fan of personally but which many people are fans, has been criticized for using the word “tranny” in the show, “The Rocky Horror Glee Show.” In this show one of the characters is cast to play the role of a transgender man but gave up the role because his family told him he looked like a “tranny”. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation believe that this word is a slur and think that the show should have had another character address this. Not only did the show use this degrading word but they also changed some of the lines in one of the songs replacing the word “transsexual” with “sensational”.

Glee has previously won the respect of many viewers by addressing gay issues in previous issues and by sending messages to viewers that words can be very powerful and can hurt others. But this incident has seemed to reverse all of this movement in the right direction.

Transgender individuals are rarely shown in media; in fact almost the only way I have come in contact with transgender issues in media is through the use of this word. What my question is, how are people supposed to learn about transgender people and their issues if they are never presented by the media in an accurate way? I think if there is any hope for change then we must change what is seen through the media. Stop showing trans women as prostitutes or showing them in other negative forms and show a transgender individual holding a successful job the way most do.

Another fact about this article that I found interesting is that it was a Gay and Lesbian Alliance that opposed the word “tranny” not a transsexual group. The more people that resist using words that are degrading the better. The only way to change things like this is to resist it and to stand up for things that you believe in or for things that specifically relate to you. If these groups want the media to change then they must educate them. I truly believe that the writers for these shows are not using the word “tranny” to intentionally be hurtful they are using it because they do not know any better.

For this reason I believe that education about transgender issues needs to be more extensive. Problems such as this one will keep occurring until people who are directly being insulted stand up about it. The media is feeding Americans the idea that the word “tranny” is appropriate and they are teaching the youth of our country to use degrading words.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/299854

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