GLAAD and HRC take out full page ad condemning new ABC “comedy” Work It

ABC is set to premiere a not at all funny sitcom called Work It about two men who dress as women to get jobs. If you are not sure how this has any comedic value and think it only serves to hurt the trans community then you are not alone. Ridiculing people for who they are is in no way funny.

Variety ad condeming Work ItAnd fortunately the folks at GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign have taken out a full page advertisement in Daily Variety, the industry newspaper, condemning the new show and also educating the public on the issues facing the trans community. It is all too rare that the media highlights something positive in the trans community and shows like Work It move us in the opposite direction.

Here’s an excerpt of the ad:

Since ABC has a record of positive portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, they should know how offensive this show is, and that it even has the potential to jeopardize the safety of many transgender Americans in the process.

Transgender Americans — who can be legally fired in 34 states today simply for being who they are — face an inordinate amount of workplace discrimination that images like those on Work It perpetuate. In fact, 97% of self-identified transgender people reported being harassed or abused at work, and 26% — that’s one in four — reported losing their jobs because they are transgender.

Click here to sign the petition to tell ABC that Work It Doesn’t Work It

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  • Suzy

    “… dress as women to get jobs …” huh? Since when has looking like a woman gotten anyone a job? A reality show about men who dress like women and the actual economic effects of that? Now that would be interesting.

    • Rachel

      “Since when has looking like a woman gotten anyone a job?”

      I’m guessing this is based on the false premise that affirmative action is “reverse sexism” or that people are trying to be so “politically correct” they only hire women? Typical MRA rhetoric? There’s actually a few shows coming out in 2012 that play off the “Its SO hard to be a man in 2012!” premise, off the top of my head I can just think of Man Up and Last Man Standing.

  • Jasmine

    I haven’t seen the show, nor have I seen any commercials since I don’t have a TV, but the premise sounds a lot like Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman. . . which, actually, I really liked. I guess it’ll depend on the execution. Do we know if they’re doing this in a insensitive ”Drag is Funny Cus Men Don’t Wear Dresses” way? Or, a la Tootsie, is this a way to expose some of the difficulties for women in the work place?

    • Zoe

      From the commercials I’ve seen it is definitely the former. The worse part for me was the Hispanic man in drag moving his hips like Shakira (their words, not mine) and claiming he can’t help it (i.e.: Latinas are hypersexual).

    • toongrrl

      To me it’s a crap version of the early 80’s sitcom “Bosom Buddies” which starred a young Tom Hanks. The show centered on a couple of guy friends that dress as hyperfeminine women in order to get an apartment at the only apartment that they could afford: a women’s only apartment.
      Wow, how much crap on they let on air, makes me sick and I’m already sick

  • Andrew

    Just signed the petition. Darn, so much garbage on TV, at least there’s still Modern Family.

  • Jenn

    Shocked that HRC actually participated in this to be honest…

    • Jos

      I know right? It’s a Christmas miracle!

  • Jenny

    There was a movie that did something like this a few years ago. Mrs Doubtfire.

    They bashed all people who dressed as women to get jobs forever and set them back 20 years.

    Oh wait…

    It is a classic movie that everyone has seen at least once that has had no ill effects on anything, and was a good example of why each parent should be allowed equal time with their kids in a divorce.

    Any media exposure is good exposure unless its exposure on you getting arrested.

  • Stuff Queer People Need To Know

    The whole premise of this show is not even funny. It’s offensive to so many groups of people.