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April 24th, 2008


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selina_
06:49 pm - Transphobia on Graham Norton
I was watching Graham Norton (an openly gay, English comedian known for being shocking and full of innuendo) on the BBC recently, and he made comments about Thomas Beatie. I generally considered the show to be LGBT friendly, so was shocked to hear him say not only: "If he hasn't had genital surgery surely that just makes him a lesbian" but even worse, "that thing is still a woman". You can watch the clip here.

I sent a complaint to the BBC Complaints Department, and the reply I received was even worse. This is a link to my journal entry showing my original complaint, and the godawful reply from the BBC.

I thought I should bring this to more people's attention. My beef here is about transphobia in general, not Beatie's specific case - which is admittedly a little unusual. Comments like, "We believe that there is no single set of standards in this area on which the whole of society can agree" from the BBC are at best not taking the issue seriously, and at worst plain offensive.

If you want to register your own complaint - here is the BBC Complaints Website.

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From:loki_fledermaus
Date:April 24th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
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This really upset me too. I usually enjoy Graham's show, but this was a *big* disappointment.
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From:sarars
Date:April 24th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
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that was despicable! I've lost all respect for Graham Norton. He was just soo fucking insulting in that clip. It's somewhat ironic, really. Does he not realize that people say stupid, ignorant stuff like he said about gay parents?
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From:aetitus
Date:April 24th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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It seems like (in their response) that they're defending those statements as a matter of humor... which is even worse. There's nothing funny about it at all.

Errhdfsd, I there's so much wrong with all that. I don't even know what to say. I'm glad you put in a complaint, though.
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From:aetitus
Date:April 24th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
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...just watched the clip, and ergh, that was worse than what I was expecting.
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From:littlegreen33
Date:April 24th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
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"We believe that there is no single set of standards in the area on which the whole of society can agree." Well, duh. When a good chunk of society is unabashedly transphobic and largely uneducated, clearly not of all of society is going to agree on a set of standards. This does not give anyone license to spout offensive bullshit, especially not someone who should be an ally. Additionally, fuck you, BBC, of course there is no single set of standards for something like gender expression. It is fluid and personal and dependent on about a million factors and therefore has no single set of standards. And after getting completely carried away with myself, I will say very good rage and good on you for writing them.
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From:thecommonraven
Date:April 24th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I can assure you that whenever I hear anything remotely similar to "I can assure you that no offense was intended" all I hear (and rightfully so) is "we're sorry that you're an overly sensitive namby-pamby who can't take an effing joke and lighten up a bit" or "we're sorry there is something wrong with you" for short.
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From:montrealais
Date:April 24th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
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"Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful... When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel—it’s vulgar."
- Molly Ivins
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From:tekanji
Date:April 25th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
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Wow. Shame on you, BBC. Shame.
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From:every_piece
Date:April 25th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
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Ugh. Their reply to you is despicable. It was "well-signposted" and "anarchic", was it? How exactly is that sufficient warning for trans viewers so they can expect to be dehumanised again?

Fucking shitting fucking fucks.
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From:gair
Date:April 25th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
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I hadn't heard about this. Fuck you, Graham Norton, you're off my list of good things.

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