Talk Show Looking For The "Freak" Version Of Me
Reality doesn’t want reality when it comes to trans people. Note this RealityWanted.com casting call, entitled Talk Show Casting for Transexuals & Drag Queens (emphasis added):
Are you an over the top drag queen who performs in nightclubs??
Are you new to the drag scene??
Are you or do you know of an over the top transexual who would like to share their story on TV?
If you said yes to any of the questions please reply with a recent pic, contact information, and a brief description of what you do.
“Over the top transsexual who would like to share their story on TV” seems to me to be a euphemistic way of asking for “freak” trans people to exploit and mock.
I’m dismayed and discusted by the idea that an “Emmy Award Winning Talk Show” isn’t looking for trans people with real experiences to talk to; they’re looking for “reality show” trans people they can point to as freaks. Considering how many trans people have trouble finding housing and employment, and how many have been violently killed and listed on the Remembering Our Dead list — in large part due to the societal stigma associated with being trans — having this kind of a casting call to search for trans people to exploit and laugh at is absolutely unconscionable.
I wish the casting call listed exactly which “Emmy Award Winning Talk Show” was making the pitch — I’d like to have a chat with the show’s host and the show’s producer about the abysmal blackness of their souls.