By JD Uy on January 6, Your skit affirmed and encouraged a prejudice against transgender Americans that keeps many from finding jobs, housing, and enjoying freedoms you and your writers take for granted every day. We ask that you apologize publicly to Ms. Simpson and the transgender community for this unfortunate episode. Amanda used to be a dude?!
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign me up! When they turn their sights on transsexual and transgender people they manage a two-fer that tends towards the even more vicious since both women and gays have spent nearly the last 40 years gradually raising awareness that such naked abuse is actually wrong.
The country's largest gay-rights group today demanded an apology from David Letterman , for making what it called "inappropriate and incendiary remarks" regarding President Obama's appointment of a transgender woman to the Commerce Department. In his monologue Tuesday, Letterman remarked that Amanda Simpson , a transgender woman, had been appointed to work in the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, where she will monitor the export of military technology. As a photograph of Simpson was shown, announcer Alan Kalter shouted, "What? Amanda used to be a dude? In a letter to Letterman and CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, Human Rights Campaign called the bit "inappropriate and incendiary" and said it reflected "transphobia," a fear or hatred of transgender people.