Saturday, August 01, 2009

An Early 90's Springer Show On Trans Issues

Believe it or not, once upon a time Jerry Springer wasn't a name reviled by transpeople. He used to do trans shows that were informative and respectful to the persons involved.

I'm bringing it up because I stumbled across this early Springer shows which illustrate just how far he's slipped in terms of respectful coverage of trans people.

When Jerry Springer first started his talk show in the early 90's modeled it on Phil Donahue's award winning show. Up until 1994 he actually had guests that didn't fight or audiences that didn't spend the entire show shouting derogatory comments at the people on stage.

Springer audiences listened respectfully as the issue was debated and he'd close with his Final Thought.

Unfortunately he turned to the Dark Side of the television ratings force in his bid to become Number One and get paid.

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