On last nights Season 5 premiere of FX’s Son’s of Anarchy the show created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club hit a series low by using an offensive stereotype “transgender” character stereotype for comic relief.
Okay I just can’t contain myself anymore. The BEST part of this episode was the surprise appearance of Justified’s Walton Goggins, who appears as a partially transexual hooker named Venus Van Dam. He/She is all woman from the waist up, and all man from the waist down. Venus is hired by the Sons to setup a local insurance agent who holds the political clout to make or break Jacob Hale’s dream project, Charming Heights. Jax drugs the agent and brings Venus in to stage some compromising pictures.
Now I’m usually pretty laid back about “characterizations” on television but this is just the straw that breaks the camels back.
Besides the fact that Walter Groggin’s isn’t even a good-looking man to begin with. The character was such a grossly over blown caricature and a negative depiction of a transgender individual, not to mention that the whole “blackmail him because he’s with a transsexual” storyline which is nothing more than throwback to the 60′s “blackmail him because he’s gay and its disgusting” meme that quite frankly I find it I bad taste, highly offensive and it really pisses me off.
Year after year we get told that there are more LGBT characters on television but so many of them are stereotypes used for a cheap laughs and comic relief at the expense of our community and its time for that to stop.
Theres a real need for this type of LGBT exploitation to be kicked to the curb. It’s not a win for us to have characters like Venus Van Damn and Micheal Urie’s character from “Partner’s” on television without any other serious LGBT character representation of our community on television to counter it. And I for one am quiet frankly sick of being uses as a laughline.
Son’s of Anarchy did nothing less than throw a very vulnerable section of the LGBT community under the bus for a cheap laugh. They should be ashamed of themselves. And we should be saying something about it.
Excuse the quality of the clips below. It’s all that’s available at the moment.