LGBT Perspectives editor
QUEBEC — OK, class, tell me what is wrong with the following statement:
“We haven’t read the script, but it’s disappointing to see film-makers turning what is a life-saving medical procedure for transgender people into a sensationalistic plot device.”
I bet everybody got this one; it was easy, eh? As in, duh, how can you judge a script without reading it first?
The comment came from GLAAD spokesperson Nick Adams, voicing the group’s displeasure about “a new Hollywood thriller about a hitman forced to undergo gender reassignment surgery,” Pink News and others are reporting.
Yes, the fact that GLAAD is unhappy with the fictional plot of a movie script it hasn’t seen is drawing headlines in such publications as The Guardian, Time and The Advocate.
Why such a fuss? Is it just a slow news day?
The movie, by the way, is called Tomboy – A Revenger’s Tale, starring Michelle Rodriguez as the male assassin who is transformed into a woman against his will. “The film then focuses on the assassin’s quest to seek out his tormentor and take revenge,” Pink News reports.
Apparently, GLAAD feels this is an inappropriate subject for a movie, even if it is pure fiction. Pink News reports that GLAAD feels “the film’s announcement comes at a time when Hollywood is under increasing pressure to clean up its negative portrayals of LGBT people.”
It provides this quote from Nick: “We are at a crucial moment in the public’s understanding of transgender issues, and stories like these have the potential to undermine the progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve.”
Oh, really. How insulting for GLAAD to assume the general public can’t distinguish the difference between documentary and fiction. Do they honestly think people are that stupid?
GLAAD’s concerns and the media coverage they are getting are so over the top that they will surely draw ridicule upon the greater transgender community, making it appear to have a super-hyper under-siege mentality when, in fact, it is simply GLAAD trying to muzzle filmmakers and some media outlets are going along for the click-bait ride.
Don’t get me wrong: I support the work GLAAD does. As a journalist, I do use their resources at times when I am editing copy for my paper.
But, objectively speaking, I feel they are being too overprotective in this case. And even more concerning, they may do some serious damage to the commercial success of this film, especially if their objections lead to a crazed social media backlash against the filmmakers.
GLAAD has no business trying to dictate the fictional plot lines of movies, and the trans community should not endorse this form of censorship.