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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.

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16 Comments

  • 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.

  • TinoTurner

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

  • Eric Auerbach

    “Transphobic humor”? Give me a fucking break.

  • dhuiz23

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

  • 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.

  • balehead

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

  • TinoTurner

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

  • tookietookie

    Arrested Development > this attention-seeking outrage.

    *yawn*

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Polaro

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

  • 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!

  • Red

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

  • Red

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

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