Bill Hader and other “Saturday Night Live” cast members got some laughs last weekend from a skit that parodied estrogen replacement for men going through sex changes. But a leading gay advocacy group fails to see the humor. It wants an apology from NBC. Does it deserve one?
Gay rights group GLAAD slammed the skit as “transphobic” in a statement on its Web site, and urged members to sign a petition demanding an apology. So far more than 2,000 people had joined the protest.
“The piece was a mock commercial for estrogen replacement therapy and featured men with facial hair wearing dresses, meant to represent transgender women,” the GLADD statement said.
“This segment cannot be defended as ‘just a joke’ because there was no ‘joke’ to speak of. The attempted comedy of the skit hinges solely on degrading the lives and experiences of transgender women,” it added.
The skit, about a “Once Daily Estro-Maxx,” a pill designed to “give you all the sex-changing hormones you need,” opens with Hader arriving home after a day at work.
“Let’s face it, life is pretty busy,” he says. “So if you’re like me, a busy guy and a pre-opt transsexual in his third month of hormone treatment, you need an estrogen supplement that works for your schedule.”
“You deserve to be in the body you want,” he adds. “But most hormone replacement therapies require you to take five estrogen supplements a day. … Who has time for that?”
So far, NBC has not responded to the complaints.
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