Friday, April 09, 2010

Juiced-Up Gay Transphobic Bullies With Mouthpieces

TransGriot Note: From my shero, attorney and trans historian Kat Rose of ENDABlog.

Interesting new developments in the Israel Luna vs Trans community battle over his TOTWK movie. It mirrors a situation I went through last year when I called out a now defunct blog for their transphobia and racism, the bigots tried similar intimidation tactics and brought the wrath of the blogosphere down upon them.

Take it away, Katrina!

Wow – this is really choice. With a Tribeca-supplied dimebag of fake legitimacy pulsing through their veins – amplifying its existing faux-bravery reminiscent a schoolyard bully with a legion of anti-PC (when it comes to trans issues anyway) gay Eddie Haskels backing him up – the Luna-Ticks ascend to a new high in low.

From a Facebook posting from truly legitimate Texas trans activist Vanessa Edwards Foster:

Among other nice commentary from supporters of Israel Luna’s latest piece of film art (or something) comes this ….


Ms. Foster,

As the owner of the copyrighted material of the official TICKED-OFF TRANNIES WITH KNIVES movie poster, we are placing you on notice that it is our understanding and belief that the derivative use of the poster image appearing on your blog risks copyright infringement as it was not authorized by us. It is in good faith that we are extending this notice to you and in turn requesting that you kindly remove the unauthorized material immediately.

Toni Miller
La Luna Entertainment

Imagine that! And from the same people who had no problem with unauthorized use of a couple of hate crime murder victims.

So, I guess they plan on suing me and taking me straight into bankruptcy. Huzzah. That will make an excellent image: the impoverished, infringed-upon filmmakers taking down the Goliath lone Trans activist. It will also do wonders for community relations — not that there’s any need for such great friends and allies as they’re obviously quite trans-positive per their own words! And who are we to disbelieve?

So if you were wondering if any of us “hot tranny messes” were going to be rewarded for bringing them all their “free publicity,” there’s your answer! Certainly! Legal threats!

GLAAD, take note!


I’m taking note – and I am hereby publicizing the image. And this should not be interpreted as an endorsement of it – wink, wink – but, rather, merely as a public service from someone who believes that the cure for disgusting, gay transphobic speech is counter-speech.

After all, because of the threat by the Luna-Ticks, the very subject of what is contained in Vanessa’s derivative image is ripe for vigorous public debate.

Debate away, folks! And, while you’re debating…

Keep the following in mind:

§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.


but if you happen to engage in a boycott of any particular gay-male-manufactured transphobic piece of garbage, I’m not exactly in a position to stop you, now am I?

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