Saturday, 9 April 2011

Not Angry, Just Disappointed

I probably have mellowed out a little over the past year over trans representation in the media my view seemed to have veered to a slightly parental 'I'm not angry, just disappointed' bent however the sketch based on newspaper report of Thai airline hiring "ladyboy" hostesses which featured on Russell Howard's Good News is worthy of complaint.

The sketch perpetuates negative and offensive images of transgender and in particular transsexuals which encourages transphobic abuse, ironically given the story was about an initiative designed to help a marginalised group in Thai society.

On a comedic level it was lazy stereotypical writing from writers who can do better.

3 comments:

Stace said...

I saw that and thought 'oh wonderful, just what I wanted to see'

I used to like Russel Howard, but he is starting to veer towards the Frankie Boyle brand of 'humour'...

Stace

C B said...

Agree. It sure seems we're going thru a bad taste spell at the minute in humour. Very disappointed with the media at the minute.
Caroline

Lynn Jones said...

Hmmm.... I quite like Russel Howards' Good News. I thought the dangly bits were a bit gross, but other than than, I wasn't offended. Not much worse than an X-rated Bounty advert really ;-)