Most male comedians aren’t all that funny and most spend an inordinate amount of time disparaging both women and gays in an orgy of misogyny and homophobia.
When they turn their sights on transsexual and transgender people they manage a two-fer that tends towards the even more vicious since both women and gays have spent nearly the last 40 years gradually raising awareness that such naked abuse is actually wrong.
Obama’s appointment of of Amanda Simpson to a senior level government post is a first. For transsexual and transgender people it is a first on the order of the first woman to occupy such a position, the first African American or the first gay or lesbian person. If we do not feel a little twinge of pride then perhaps we should.
As expected all the Christo-Fascists with their coded language of bigotry attacked her. The neo-Nazi pundits were rolling in the aisles.
But we did not expect the snickering and nasty jokes coming from liberal comedians. Although perhaps we should have. Particularly in light of all the hardy, har, har about Ann Coulter. I don’t like Ann Coulter even though she is totally outrageous and taught me the wording I should use to get away with saying shit I think but can not prove, without getting sued. If Ann is transsexual or transgender it is wrong to attack her for that. If she is perceived as possibly transsexual or transgender it is equally wrong to attack her for it. It is irrelevant and there are plenty of things said and written by Ann that are far more worthy of attack.
Letterman has crossed the line into pathetic dickwaddery on numerous occasion over the past few months. Again like with Ann Coulter I am certainly no fan of Sarah Palin, yet even I have to acknowledge that his joke about Alex Rodriguez impregnating the Palin girl was both crass and misogynistic as well as seriously offensive and not funny. Nor are the charges of sexual harassment funny.
Put together they add up to Letterman being no more than a pathetic, over the hill misogynistic loser.
Perhaps it is time for him to retire.
Human Rights Campaign Sends Letter Condemning CBS Late Show with David Letterman Skit, Asks for Apology
Late Show sketch includes “incendiary remarks” over Obama Administration’s first transgender appointment
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, sent the following letter today to David Letterman and CBS Corp. in response to a Late Show sketch mocking the appointment of Amanda Simpson to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Simpson, who until recently was Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems and was a test pilot for 20 years, was appointed to be Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce, where she will work directly with the Under Secretary of Commerce on international trade and national security issues.
In a skit during Letterman’s opening monologue, the host announced Simpson’s historic appointment and revealed that she is transgender, displaying a photograph of her. The show’s announcer, Alan Kalter, then feigned “trans panic,” implying he had some prior relationship with Simpson but was not aware of her gender history, and ran yelling from the stage.
Letter from Human Rights Campaign Associate Director of Diversity for Transgender Issues Allyson Robinson:
January 6, 2010
Late Show with David Letterman
New York, NY 10001
CC: Nina Tassler
President, CBS Entertainment
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Dear Mr. Letterman,
I am writing on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, to express my disappointment over the inappropriate and incendiary remarks made on The Late Show with David Letterman last night on the appointment of Amanda Simpson to a senior position in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The decision to ignore the fact that Ms. Simpson is incredibly well-qualified for this vital national security position and focus instead on her gender identity reflects transphobia. Ms. Simpson’s appointment represents meaningful progress for the LGBT community and in particular transgender Americans who have faced significant and well-documented discrimination in the workplace and their communities.
You may not be aware that the punch line in your skit has been used as a defense in nearly every hate crime perpetrated against transgender people that has come to trial. For example, the “trans panic” defense was infamously used by Allen Ray Andrade, who was convicted in 2009 of beating 19-year-old Angie Zapata to death with a fire extinguisher after learning of her gender history. According to media reports, it has also been the main defense employed by Juan A. Martinez for the killing of Jorge Steven López Mercado, 19, in Puerto Rico last November.
Your skit affirmed and encouraged a prejudice against transgender Americans that keeps many from finding jobs, housing, and enjoying freedoms you and your writers take for granted every day. We ask that you apologize publicly to Ms. Simpson and the transgender community for this unfortunate episode.
Associate Director of Diversity for Transgender Issues
Human Rights Campaign
Both the You Tube Video and the HRC response were taken from Pam’s House Blend