Demand That NBC Apologize and Remove Anti-Transgender Segment From SNL
  • Petitioned Marci Klein

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Producer
Marci Klein
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Kathy Kelly Brown
Supervising Producer
Ken Aymong
Producer
Steve Higgins
Executive Producer
Lorne Michaels
Director of Programming and Operations
Shane Belcher
President, NBC Network
John Eck
NBC CEO
Steve Burke

Demand That NBC Apologize and Remove Anti-Transgender Segment From SNL

    1. Petition by

      GLAAD

In the January 29 episode of Saturday Night Live, NBC broadcast a dangerous and blatantly anti-transgender segment which they called 'Estro-Maxxx' - the punch line of which was the lives of countless transgender people across the country.

The piece was a mock commercial for estrogen replacement therapy and featured men with facial hair wearing dresses, meant to represent transgender women. This segment cannot be defended as "just a joke" because there was no "joke" to speak of. The attempted comedy of the skit hinges solely on degrading the lives and experiences of transgender women. Holding people up for ridicule simply on the basis of their identity fuels a hurtful climate and puts people in danger, especially given how infrequently the media shines a fair and accurate light on the lives of transgender people. "The violence, discrimination and harassment that transgender Americans experience each and every day is no laughing matter," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "Saturday Night Live is a touchstone of American comedy, but Saturday's unfunny skit sends a destructive and dehumanizing message."

We have already been joined in speaking out by the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and the Human Rights Campaign as well as many other advocates and groups; now it's your turn. Take action and tell NBC it is unacceptable to dehumanize transgender people by turning their lives into a punch line.

For more information, see www.glaad.org/tellsnl

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    • Kynthia Rosgeal LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 3 years ago

      I am a transwoman. I am on hormone replacement therapy. HRT carries inherent risks to health and to my life. I dont find this subject very funny since my therapy can lead to a stroke, heart attack deep vein thrombosis or even increased risk of breast cancer. But is a better alternative to suicide, something transpeople like myself face a 50% risk of. Esp if we dont undergo treatment.

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    • David Castillo PEORIA, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm a transsexual and I hate saturday night live. I don't know why anyone gay would watch it. It's a comedy show. They'd make a skit about rape funny if they could get away with it. They have no reservation for the LGBT community. We should have no reservation for them either.

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    • Vonna Eisel WESTMINSTER, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      Shame on you, SNL!!!!!!

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    • Edward Solis SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      just to let you know, SNL is not funny....

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    • Alisa Neely FLAT ROCK, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      STOP HELPING THE ANTI-GAY HATERS....PROMOTE PRO-GAY LOVE/SUPPORT.

      STAND UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT....EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL which includes GAY RIGHTS.

      ALISA

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