I’m not the biggest fan of Glee, though that stems mostly from how badly it mangled both zombies and football in a single episode. But I think we should acknowledge that being gay-friendly on TV isn’t really edgy anymore. Statistician wunderkind Nate Silver announced last week that more than half of Americans now support gay marriage. Will and Grace debuted over a decade ago. It took a while, but Modern Family’s Mitchell and Cameron finally kissed. And so on.
But how often do you see transexual or transgendered people on TV? I for one can probably count the times on one hand. Let’s not kid ourselves into thinking Glee pushes boundaries. Any goodwill it garnered by humanizing gay teenagers is squandered by pretending trans people don’t exist.
via Glee May be Gay-Friendly, But How Does It Feel About the Transgender Community? – TV.com.
This has been bothering me a lot lately. I was cringing enough last season when they were dropping trans slurs… and no matter what people may say in Glee’s defence, there was no reason to cut Born This Way the way they did unless transphobia was involved. Two of the producers were also involved in the production of Nip/Tuck, which I find particularly worrying. And, particularly considering the recent and very public attack of a transwoman, I think it’s time to call attention to such signs of bigotry.
On Tumblr, I submitted a post of my opinions on the issue to a Glee fan blog. In the past day, it has already gathered 130 likes and reblogs, many of them commenting on how they’ve been offended by Glee’s coverage of trans issues, a few of them saying that they won’t watch Glee again because of it. The original post is here: http://fuckyeahgleelove.tumblr.com/post/5027078216/bloodyfab-asked-hey-everyone-im-quite-fond-of
It’s clear this hasn’t been given nearly enough attention, and I’m doing what I can do make the issue more public.
It’s good to see that a popular site like TV.com is writing about this.
“Any goodwill it garnered by humanizing gay teenagers is squandered by pretending trans people don’t exist.” I would have to agree to some degree with that comment.
I suppose that’s what I felt when I realized that the episode ended abruptly without my community being properly mentioned anywhere in the whole episode.