In yesterday's episode of Glee, there is a comment about she-males.
The thoroughly despicable, cartoonish Coach Sue is seen cutting a nerdy male student's ponytail and utters "there, you no longer confuse me with your shemale looks".
"She-males" is a term for male-to-female transgender people that often is used in the porn industry, and, when used to refer to someone who has transitioned from one gender to another, it suggests a negation of their gender identity. Many transgender people consider it pejorative. It is not normally used in polite company. It's also often used by those who oppose non-discrimination laws, like ENDA, in raising the ghastly specter of trans people using the bathroom.
As a friend of mine asked, "How do we lovers of Glee handle that?"
My response: Oh come off it, trannies. Get a sense of humor.
You trannies are always so damn sensitive. First with the Trannies With Knives thing, and now this.
Look, GLEE is about empowering gay people, so if there's a few remarks here and there about "shemales," it's just inside-the-community humor. Have you never heard of camp? After all, much of the GLEE audience is gay, and there are gay characters in the show.
Coach Sue is the "bad" character, so the show is actually giving the message that her statement about she-males is bad. She's just a satire of a bullying coach. Of course, while it's true that much of the audience is also teens, who may not be able to analyze the meta-conversation, it's really all in good fun. Some gay and trans teens may get the message that she-males are disgusting even to bad ol' Coach Sue, so they must be really bad. Sure, teen suicide in the LGBT community is a problem. I'm against it, myself.
But lighten up, trannies, and get over yourselves. Oh, that's right, some of you don't even like being called trannies. Well, too bad, because as part of your community, I get to define you whether you like it or not. Besides, I mean it in a good way. I love you trannies.
But you know what's really homophobic? that Tyler Perry with the gay man in a skirt scene - now that's homophobia. Of course, some claim it's just over the top humor designed to point up the silliness of homophobia. But I don't get it. Where is GLAAD when you need them? Let's out him and boycott his movies. He might give people the wrong impression about gay marriage.
Here's the whole episode. The "she-male" part begins at 3:45.
[Note: For those who are completely tone-deaf, the above was satire. That means I'm suggesting the opposite of what is said in the text. But c'mon, didn't the "transgenders are hypersensitive" meme jump into your head for just a second when you first read this? And even if not, you know that's what a lot of our community thinks. We need to change that, and GLEE's pushing in the opposite direction. When there's not rampant discrimination and violence against trans people, then it might be funny. Until then, expect no sympathy from me.]