Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

MSNBC's Morning Joe Big Yucks About "A Transgender" In Miss Universe

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 11, 2012 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Jenna Talackova, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Miss Universe, Morning Joe

Imagine my surprise this morning when listening to MSNBC's Morning Joe, when Joe started yukking it up about "a transgender" participating in the Miss Universe pageant. I think beauty pageants are problematic, but it's equally problematic when people on national television think that it's funny to suggest that a transgender woman entering the pageant is "a big day for males," and the equivalent of a balding man with a beard. Which is exactly what happened.

So sad, when just yesterday, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts featured a moving interview with a gay couple seeking to have the President sign non-discrimination protections for federal contractors.

I'm sure Joe Scarborough thinks it's a big joke, and I realize it was segment with comedian Jim Gaffigan, but when I look at the horrific statistics showing the high level of violence and discrimination against transgender people, my sense of humor just isn't what it used to be. And Mika -- you were right there -- I would have expected you to speak up. Instead, we get this.

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