We are all open to humor and comedy, we all love it, however, when it comes to this show, more considerate thoughts are needed. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is the unawareness that many people have when it comes to transgender and cross-dressing, so that the show is dangerous as it may cause people to misunderstand the whole deal and think it as something can be laughed at, while transgender people have extraordinary difficulties regarding finding a job, not even mentioning the rate of abuse, harassment and discrimination they face. To make it clear what I mean, let me quote the following from Diane Anderson-Minshall, op-ed writer for Advocate:
"While the show’s pilot does not explicitly address transgender people, many home viewers unfamiliar with the realities of being transgender will still make the connection. As the ad states, by encouraging the audience to laugh at the characters’ attempts at womanhood, the show gives license to similar treatment of transgender women.
So while the characters on Work It are clearly cross-dressing men, not transgender women, the average American doesn’t understand the difference. That’s what makes the show so dangerous. Off-screen, transgender people face significantly disproportionate rates of unemployment (not to mention discrimination, violence, and poverty). so the farce of saying these men get jobs not in spite of but because of the fact that they look like nonpassing trans women is a ridiculous at best, dangerous at worst. Letting audiences laugh as these men struggle with passing in a world built entirely on traditional feminine constructs may have the unfortunate consequence of making people think it’s funny to laugh at trans women too.”
To read the full article on Advocate, click here.
I hope I was clear about why this show is more dangerous than it seems and not should be considered as just comedy.
Everyone who is reading this, I would love to hear your opinions on this, what do you think?