Demand an apology from Warner Bros.
  • Petitioned Edward Romano

This petition was delivered to:

Edward Romano
John Shulman
Polly Cohen
Doug Frank
Chris Cookson
VP of Communications, Warner Bros.
Susan Fleishman
Press Inquiry for Feature Films
Jessica Zacholl
CEO, Warner Bros.
Barry M. Meyer
Jeff Robinov
Darcy Antonellis
Debra Baker
Bruce Rosenblum
Dan Fellman
Alan Horn
Gary Credle
Kevin Tsujihara
Richard Fox

Demand an apology from Warner Bros.

    1. Jared Fladeland
    2. Petition by

      Jared Fladeland

      Grand Forks, United States

In the movie The Hangover: Part II, the character of Stu discovers he has had sexual relations with a trans-woman.   The joke of the scene is the reveal of a stripper as a pre-op M2F trans-person.   The joke is not only lacking humor, it is offensive to the trans-community.   The joke only works when it taps into the negative perception that trans-people are "gross", "weird", and sexually undesirable.  In the film, the characters continuously try to block the experience from their mind, unsuccessfully as the character of Alan keeps mentioning references to the experience.  As a trans woman said to me in response to the movie:  "It was one of the first times in a major motion picture I saw a body like mine on the screen.  And it was met with laughter and disgust.  And that hurt me.  It is completely offensive to me."

This letter is to the CEO of Warner Bros, Barry M. Meyer, and Susan Fleishman, VP of Communications, demanding an apology from Warner Bros.  This type of joke at the expense of the trans-community, treating trans-people like objects of the sex industry, prohibits the awareness that trans-people are members of society who contribute in all sorts of ways, and have healthy, loving lives with partners.  The trans-community should be respected, because it has been a struggle to receive respect.

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    1. Petition set to close

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      In a day or two this petition is set to close. I thank everyone for their support, but it just didn't gather enough steam it appears. But a small pebble still causes ripples. Maybe someday the impact of this petition will lead to more petitions.

    2. Barry Meyer

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      I e-mailed the CEO of Warner Bros, Barry Meyer. No word back yet on any comment from him in regards to this petition and the use of transphobic jokes. The pressure must be maintained, we need to get more signatures.

    3. Quick check in

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      I've been away for the weekend, but it's been great to return to the petition and see it's still growing in number. Nearly to 1,200! Keep sharing the petition, liking it, spreading the word!

    4. The progress of change

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      The petition is starting to rub up against people who vehemently disagree with the idea of the petition. Which is good. The conversation is beginning to happen. I find this progress. We may not change anyone, but we're getting them to think.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Personal Challenge

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      If you sign this petition, get 3 other people to sign up. You could do that by right away pressing share, Tweet, or Email on the bar to the left after signing, or you could personally get the message out to a friend by sending them a link

    7. Nearly 1,000! And GLAAD

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      Nearly 1,000 signatures! Word of mouth is so important, keep spreading it! If you feel so inclined, write to GLAAD and bring this petition and the Hangover 2 to their attention at incident@glaad.org

    8. Added more Warner Bros. Executives

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      More Warner Bros. executives will receive this petition as people sign it. That means more exposure. That means more conversation. So let's make them hear!

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. A week of progress

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      I have much to be thankful for this week with this petition (as does the entire LGBT movement). However, I keep pushing for more.

      It is not enough to simply sign. It is a huge step, but you have to share this as well with others. We need it.

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    12. After a week, we're gaining momentum!

      Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      We've been talked about on Popnography, an online blog featured on the website for Out Magazine. We've had personalities like Alexis Arquette (of the Hollywood Arquettes) and Our Lady J sign the petition. No word yet from WB, but keep sharing this

    13. Jared Fladeland
      Petition Organizer

      Over half way to 1,000 signatures! Keep sharing this petition on FB, Twitter, or Emails, or whatever blog you may have seen it on! We're getting momentum! If you get three or four people to sign this, we'll be at 2,000 in no time!

    14. Reached 500 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

      Nearing 500 signatures! Press FB Share, or Tweet this and help spread the word!

    16. Jared Fladeland
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      Over 300 signatures! Out Magazine has been featuring the petition on their main website. But we can help the petition by pressing Share on FB, Twitter, or send Emails to friends!

    17. Reached 250 signatures

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    • K M NORTH BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      I am a trans man, and this offends me personally as a member of the trans community

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    • Celine Araujo TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I am appalled and deeply saddened whenever I see a "different" form of the human body be ridiculed as disgusting, wrong, or undesirable, and this is no exception. Every person is beautiful and valuable, whether they are male, female, or any variant in between.

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    • Andi Mother Hen BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Take it back to the scriptwriter as well as Warner. I am 60, transitioned 10 years ago and in both public and private life continue to demonstrate transgender isn't an aberration but a conundrum that can be resolved. After 40+ years of denial I now have a fulfilled life of creativity and a whole bunch of loving caring friends of all orientations and cultures. The biggest trap, I found, was succumbing to stereotypes, more so for m to f tgs and this is where the problems lies with poor research in film-making. The Native American Indians held Transpeople, Two-spirit people, in high regard. A pity so much of their culture has been buried under Palin-esque red-neck mindwarp...

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    • rhi sands LOCKERBIE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Dear Warner Brothers, stop this sort of prejudiced infantile behaviour, and get on with making that Batman Beyond movie you've been promising for years.

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    • Davien Brown WARNER ROBINS, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      Things like this make me sigh ad infinitum. This is looked over as a "joke" but what it ends up doing is reinforcing ignorance and hatred.

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