Tell ABC today: Programming Should Not Mock Transgender People
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Tell ABC today: Programming Should Not Mock Transgender People

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ABC has announced that in January they will premier a new comedy show "Work It," featuring two men who dress as women to secure employment.

According to ABC, the show centers on two unemployed men who have “learned the hard way that the current recession is more of a 'man-cession' and their skills aren't in high demand. Then the almost-broke Lee finds out that Coreco Pharmaceuticals is looking to hire sales reps—female sales reps. He takes a chance and goes into the interview dressed in heels, a skirt and make-up. The transformed Lee gets hired—as a woman.”

The premise of "Work It" reinforces false and damaging stereotypes about transgender people.

Please send a message to ABC today. Let them know you do not support programming that belittles and mocks those who do not adhere to society's gender norms.

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    • Clinton Carlson FAIRFAX, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      THEY CANCELLED THE SHOW!!! :) VICTORY!

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    • D N MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing more because of the show's absurd premise, if anything they make a mockery out of drag queens (not that that's any more ok). Tootsie, Mrs. Doubtfire, etc. - bin their, done that! Come up with something original ABC, will ya! Admittedly, I have only seen a short clip, but it doesn't seem like the 2 main characters are displaying or characterizing actual transgender people/issues, so anybody who takes it that way - no matter which "side" you're on - IHMO reads a bit much into it. It's just a crappy comedy show, that's all.

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    • Olivia Monti BEACON FALLS, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      This is SO offensive. I am appalled that they think this is acceptable programming. It is a direct insult to me, myself, since I am trans*. This is transphobic and an insult to all.

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    • Peter Dehmler ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      As a transgender person, I deplore that attitude of the media in pandering to the radical religious right and their anti-gay, anti-transgender propaganda.

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    • rebecca mickalowski MOCKSVILLE, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      beigntransgender shouldn't be judged. you are who you are, this show that is going to be released is clearly mocking transgenders.these men dressing like women are letting the public assume that dressing this way just to keep a job is right when it is clearly wrong.people should be who they TRULY are not someone else just to keep bringing in money from a job

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