The war against media transphobia aimed at trans women of color seems like it's a never ending one. Here's a FB commentary from TransGriot reader Sasha concerning the transphobic comments she heard aimed at Laverne Cox during one of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show segments yesterday.
Last night my sisters and I were watching Dish Nation/Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Laverne Cox
was declared as one of the Emmy show's best dressed women which I though was
AMAZING...until one of the hosts yells "that's a man!"and they slightly
go into the infamous shock factor, making her identity the center of a
Gary and one of the shows guests, a cis woman of color, then
came to Laverne's defense by stating her
accomplishment and how major it is for the Transgender community. The
young lady also corrected the misgendering and made sure she addressed
the Laverne as a WOMAN.
I've been listening to Rickey Smiley Morning
Show for YEARS, I'm a fan of the show but I think it's time to call the
RSMS out on their consistent ignorance and insensitivity towards the
This is NOT the first time I've encountered this type
of madness from them. Not too long ago they were throwing shade towards
Cee Lo after his affair with a transwoman. Not to mention the jokes that
very often seem to revolve around #GirlsLikeUs.
We need to hold them accountable. It is not the guest's job to educate
them LIVE on the radio about transgender terminology. As much as they
talk and joke about us, they should be well informed on the issue.
Rickey Smiley has a huge platform in the black community and instead of
all the shade, he could be using that platform for the good of ALL as
well as being held accountable for repetitive transphobia.
It's time to
call them out!
I agree, Sasha . GLAAD and NGLJA Rapid Response team, it's time to handle your media business.