Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas aren’t exactly superstars to the bulk of the world. In fact, I’d never heard of them until their morning show which airs in Buffalo, NY on KISS 98.5, took the typically demeaning and irresponsible direction that gets them loads of attention but at a heavy price.
The duo not only belittled the reproductive rights and the right of choice guaranteed by the United States constitution and the historic case Roe v. Wade, but they poked fun of the appearance of a bearded man with a pot belly – and we aren’t talking about Santa Claus or a Nascar fan. While discussing the “second pregnant man” (being Scott Moore, a pregnant transman), Janet referred to the image of a man with a pregnant belly as “wrong, wrong, wrong.”
Press |> play below to hear the commentary:[audio:http://www.jaysays.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Transphobia.mp3]
All that said, it’s just another crass example of transphobia, right? It’s not like they said we should murder transpeople, they just said they thought it was, “wrong, wrong, wrong.” Perhaps that’s why the LGBT community at large has generally ignored the comment? After all, the Facebook group devoted to the issue has only 109 members as of this post. Perhaps that’s why, three days after the transphobic comments, I’m only just finding out about it in spite of being someone who attempts to stay well informed?
Ironically, before learning of this story, I posted to the jaysays.com page on Facebook the following quote from my favorite American poet, Walt Whitman:
Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me.
I take it personal, in spite of the fact that I am not gender queer or a transperson. Each and every one of us should take the comments personally, for they are simply the spark that start the fire. If we do not work together to extinguish these small fires, we are destined to burn everything down.
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