As was to be expected, both GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign — which, you should know, represents the entire LGBT community — are harping on CBS over David Letterman’s not-exactly-funny transgender joke, which made fun of Obama’s transgender appointee Amanda Simpson. But what is each organization “demanding” from the media giant?
Well, GLAAD is just “reaching out to CBS Late Show with David Letterman with our concerns about this transphobic joke.” That means they’re calling up CBS’s media relations department to see if they’ll issue an “I’m sorry” statement that GLAAD can use in its next press release.
HRC, meanwhile, wrote an open letter to the network, which reads in part: “Your skit affirmed and encouraged a prejudice against transgender Americans that keeps many from finding jobs, housing, and enjoying freedoms you and your writers take for granted every day. We ask that you apologize publicly to Ms. Simpson and the transgender community for this unfortunate episode.”
Well at least HRC is asking for something. And an apology — a public one, no less — is pretty deserving here. And while Letterman might be yearning to avoid more controversy, we’d argue that being branded a transphobe is the best way to divert attention to the fact that he’s a womanizer.