Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Work It: A Joke

A lot of people in the US are getting very worked up about Work It, a new "comedy" series - due to air from January 3rd - about two unemployed straight dudes who dress as women in an attempt to get jobs.
GLAAD and Human Rights Camapign have taken out a full-page ad in Variety telling ABC not to air the show; "Work It will harm transgender women... deserve better than ridicule".
"By encouraging the audience to laugh at at the characters' attempts at womanhood, the show gives license to similar treatment."
Fagburn has pointed out many times how trans people now occupy much the same cultural space as gay men once did; people who can only be laughed at or feared.
The campaign is complicated somewhat by the fact the lead characters aren't actually transgender - but I don't think this detracts from what seems to be Work It's snide message "Men in dresses = funny".

• More on GLAAD's campaign here.


  1. eh? comedy centering on men in dresses = snide???
    That's half of Not Only... But Also dismissed, for a start.
    Monty Python?

  2. Hmm, but they were all male actors playing female characters, weren't they?

    I was going to add something about Some Like It Hot, but my head started to hurt so I didn't bother. :)

  3. "Hmm, but they were all male actors playing female characters, weren't they?"

    Yes, you're right. Sorry.

  4. Was it that Some Like It Hot is teh best comedy of all time cos the comedy is more about being exposed than being dress up as one of the women?

  5. Can't be 100% sure without watching it again, but I fink so.
    Isn't it that they manage to "decieve" everyone, and as long as they're in drag everyone thinks they're women?