GLAAD Calls 'SNL' Sketch Transphobic
2:44 PM PST 2/1/2011 by Mark Cina
It says last week’s "Estro-Maxx" segment sends a "destructive and dehumanizing message."
GLAAD isn't laughing about last week's Saturday Night Live “Estro-Maxx.”
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios is taking aim at the piece (starring Bill Hader) which he says is "a mock commercial for estrogen replacement therapy and featured men with facial hair wearing dresses, meant to represent transgender women."
The segment, he argues, "cannot be defended as 'just a joke' because there was no 'joke' to speak of. The attempted comedy of the skit hinges solely on degrading the lives and experiences of transgender women. Holding people up for ridicule simply on the basis of their identity fuels a 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. “The violence, discrimination and harassment that transgender Americans experience each and every day is no laughing matter."
His statement concludes by saying that “Saturday Night Live is a touchstone of American comedy, but Saturday’s unfunny skit sends a destructive and dehumanizing message.”