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Slammed for Transphobic Skit

Slammed for Transphobic Skit


Advocates want an apology for a Saturday Night Live skit that mocks the transition of transgender women.

The piece, which aired over the weekend, represented a fake ad for "Estro-Maxx," a hormone replacement therapy. It featured men with facial hair wearing dresses.

The skit has drawn denunciations from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Transsexual and Transgender People (MAGNET), and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which called for an apology from Comcast and NBC and the piece's removal.

"The attempted comedy of the skit hinges solely on degrading the lives and experiences of transgender women," said GLAAD. "Dehumanizing holding people up for ridicule simply on the basis of their identity fuels a dangerous and hurtful climate and puts people in danger, especially given how infrequently the media shines a fair and accurate light on the lives of transgender people."

From MAGNET's Ashley Love: "Instead of showing the characters as women who were treating their transsexual and/or intersex birth challenge by undergoing legitimate medical transition to have their mind in alignment with their body, they were blatantly mis-gendered and depicted as 'men in dresses' and transvestites. It's unbelievable that such a tele-hate-vision crime would air on NBC, a public network."

The clip appears below.

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