Work It’s Ratings Tank But ABC Still Sticks Up For It

You know how sometimes you make such a big deal about something that when you realize you’re wrong you just keep defending it rather than look like you made a mistake?

Well. ABC president Paul Lee does. Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association this week that he didn’t know why the LGBT community found the network’s men-in-dresses sitcom, Work It, offensive: “”In terms of the lesbian and gay community, we’re incredibly proud of the work that ABC does,” he told TheWrap. “That’s not just Modern Family, it’s Grey’s Anatomy, it’s Private Practice, it’s Dancing With the Stars… I didn’t really get [the complaints about Work It]. I love Tootsie … I still love Tootsie. I don’t find it to be offensive. So in that particular case I didn’t get it. But that’s probably me.”

We know Tootise. We love Tootsie. We stayed up late to watch Tootsie on HBO when we were 7 years old. And Work It, sir, is no Tootsie.

After touting successes like Revenge and Suburgatory, Lee said “I thought there was room personally for a very, very, very, very silly show.”

Meanwhile, viewership for Tuesday’s episode of Work It dropped 20% from last week’s debut. It posted an 1.6 rating/4 share in the key 18-49-year-old demographic.

We hope its bad ratings and not politically correctness that kills this beast. Because it’s bad—very, very, very, very bad.

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  • JAW

    I loved the show again… If anyone should find the show offensive it is straight men… boy do they look bad

    I find A List NY and Dallas MUCH MORE offensive… yet we say nothing about how they show us as drunks, druggies, money hungry, sex craving a-holes.

    Even Modern Family is a bit over the Top… but at least funny

  • JAW

    Oh… as an FYI… if you missed them they are on… and Comcast on demand (if you have comcast cable)

    watch and tell me what makes this show so bad yet all the other shows that show us in a bad light are ok

    what am I missing?

  • Cam

    It kind of shows that ABC isn’t even bothering to pay attention. It is actually the Transgendered community that directed the attacks against them and got support from gay groups. Apparently ABC lumps everybody together.

    As for them defending the show. One thing I find interesting is that they will cancel shows that have lots of fan support and yet a show that is tanking from the first episode they are out defending.

  • Ashton C

    Oh for crying out loud, get of your moral high horse already and leave this turd alone. Im pretty sure there are millions and millions of straight men out there who dress up in drag on a daily basis and go to work in order to provide for their families. This show is perfect for those millions and millions of poor desperate completely heterosexual quick minded and savvy, men. I mean really, doesnt every heterosexual male who gets rejected at a job interview immediately resorts to dressing up in drag?? Of course they do, and those who dont, become gay for pay hustlers and porn stars everybody knows that. Its called the circle of hetero life. Please let it be.

  • Scott

    Does anyone remember the 1968 show “The Ugliest Girl in the World”? The cross dressing theme was tried before and it failed.

  • Cinesnatch

    @Scott: Bosom Buddies was on for a couple of seasons. And it helped expose and pave the way for Tom Hanks’ success on the big screen.

  • Cam

    @Ashton C:

    The issue is, transgendered folks get fired for putting on different clothin.

  • Cinesnatch

    I watched both episodes.

    My assessment: stupid and harmless. I’d be more offended if I was Latina before any other group.

  • pedro

    Boring…I’m a Latino, and I could care less. Why would I watch this crap when I have Netflix? Don’t understand why the trans community is wasting it’s time screaming over this insignificant crap…It will be off the air in a couple of weeks anyway. Not because it’s anti-trans, or plays up on stupid Latin stereotypes…But because by all accounts it’s dogshit…

  • Alfred

    I think the biggest crime on the show is that it’s just not funny…

  • Kristian_Brandreth

    As a Transgender Male who worked hard threwout the years as a female to finaly rize to the pinicle of my profession as a Las Vegas executive at Aria Resort & Casino, this show was not funny and was in no way a fair portrayal of Transgender and transexual people such as myself. Some of us our not as lucky as myself to have the support of there bosses and a diversty program to prevent workplace discrimination against us transexuals or transgender individuals. Thank you MGM Mirage for your continued support to the gay community.

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