ABC sitcom ‘Work It’ may harm transgender people in the workplaceOnline Only, Top Highlights Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
The ABC cross-dressing comedy ‘Work It’ may have a negative impact on transgender people, says GLAAD, and has called upon the network to remove the programming come fall.
In partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLAAD has circulated ads in opposition of the TV show which include statistics on viewership polls.
“Work It will harm transgender people,” the ad reads.
The premise of the show is about two men who dress as women in order to hold down their jobs. But GLAAD has spoken out against the show since it plays on the insensitivities of transgender Americans in the workplace who are already being legally fired for “who they are.”
ABC says the show is aimed to be lighthearted and funny, explaining in their show synopsis that, “With unemployment an ongoing issue and women now outnumbering men in the workforce, the new comedy series Work It follows two alpha males who realize the only way to beat the current ‘mancession’ and land a job in pharmaceutical sales is to pass themselves off as women.”
But GLAAD has called an audible on the “mancession” and insists the show will be harmful to transgender Americans who already deal with discrimination in the workplace.
“This show could contribute to the high levels of job discrimination that transgender Americans face and will give license for people to mock and ridicule those whose gender expression might not fit with what society considers the norm,” said GLAAD’s acting president Mike Thompson in a statement. “The media should use this as an opportunity to address the huge number of inaccurate or offensive images of transgender people in news and entertainment today.”
ABC has made no comment about the ad, but the network has agreed to meet with GLAAD to discuss the show.
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