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“Arrested Development” Makes Tranny Joke In New Ad

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The hysterically funny Arrested Development, which returns to Netflix in May, is relying on transphobic humor in a new promotional item posted to Facebook. It’s an unfortunate misstep from a usually sharp show that often toes the line of political correctness. Writer Zinnia Jones examines the issue with the promo:

“It’s kind of not funny at all. It’s the sort of lazy humor that every comedy, given enough time, will arrive at eventually – like a Godwin’s Law of transphobia. These low-effort attempts at comedy are made under the assumption that the mere idea of men in dresses, or trans people, is inherently laughable. Treating both as though they were the same is just the icing on the cake.”

She goes on to explain it from the perspective of transgender people who are the subject of this one-liner:

“Here it is, the all-too-frequent reminder that This is not for you. It’s meant for other people, so that they can laugh at you. It tells us that the fact of our humanity wasn’t actually taken into account at any point between someone having an idea, someone cobbling it together, someone approving it, and someone clicking ‘post’. Just being able to go about our lives would be too much to ask – we have to be someone’s punchline.”

The show clearly has recognized the issue with the promo, it’s no longer available on Facebook. However it doesn’t erase the obvious oversight of the ad.

By:           Stacy Lambe
On:           Apr 21, 2013
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  • 16 Comments
    • boring
      boring

      The only problem the writer has is that they ALREADY put David Cross in a dress on the show and it was tremendously funny.

      Apr 21, 2013 at 11:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TinoTurner
      TinoTurner

      Transphobic humor? Fuck off Queerty…you guys are REALLY hard up for stories.

      Apr 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eric Auerbach
      Eric Auerbach

      “Transphobic humor”? Give me a fucking break.

      Apr 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dhuiz23
      dhuiz23

      Really? How is this offensive? One of the best episodes from an amazing show.

      Apr 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      All three of you are wrong! I can see how this is offensive to the transgender community who have it 10000 time worse than any gay man. Oh, and the whole ‘See-it’s-a-man-in-a-dress-isn’t-that-funny?’ is just not funny. Unless your humour is from the 1940s.

      Apr 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      I see Free Speech is a unwanted orphan to the self appointed once again…

      Apr 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TinoTurner
      TinoTurner

      @Andrew: A man that thinks he’s fooling anyone by wearing a dress IS funny….

      Apr 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tookietookie
      tookietookie

      Arrested Development > this attention-seeking outrage.

      *yawn*

      Apr 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Corvex
      Corvex

      I just love the way that you can’t read an article on Queerty about an example of casual transphobia without having approximately 100 million cis dudes coming out of the woodwork on the comments to mansplain about how “it’s not offensive at all and those tr*nnies just need to get a sense of humour.”

      Actually, come to think of it, I hate that.

      Apr 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jamesbarnette
      jamesbarnette

      I think when someone tries to define something as “homophobic” or “transphobic” we need to figure out if it’s done with a mean-spirit.

      Sorry, but I don’t see the viciousness of this ad. Poor taste, probably, but transphobic? Doubtful.

      Apr 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • niles
      niles

      Men dressing up as women has been a staple of comedy for a long long long time. So now the trans people are dictating that men cannot dress up as women unless they consider themselves transsexuals? Bizarre and ridiculous.

      Apr 22, 2013 at 4:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Trans people aren’t gay (or if they are, they’re gay and being trans is irrelevant). Can Queerty just drop the T and stick to the “gay agenda” as advertised? Thanks.

      Apr 22, 2013 at 6:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Polaro
      Polaro

      I think its funny. Some times we need to lighten up.

      Apr 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dana
      Dana

      Isn’t it ironic that if you want to find a lot of transphobia all you have to do is come to the comment section on Queerty? Thanks for that!

      Apr 23, 2013 at 5:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Red
      Red

      Yeah! Everyone who doesn’t believe in free speech is a faggot!

      May 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Red
      Red

      @niles: Yeah! And white people boot polish all over their face?! HILARIOUS AND TIMELESS!

      May 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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