Trans-Misogyny? What the hell is that?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, some actor of whom I’ve never heard got heckled at some award show for playing a trans female in some movie of which I haven’t heard either. Hollywood actors are a dime a dozen, and most of them couldn’t hold a candle to the classically-trained artists who are the creme of the crop of the acting world in Britain! (Yes, I have this preposterous British actor fetish! See: Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, the great Hugo Weaving, James Purefoy, Timothy Dalton… the list goes on and on!)

So why am I writing about Jared Leto?

Because the actor who played a trans female in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club” (yeah, I had to look it up too) apparently got heckled at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuosos Award tribute by some feminist twunt, whose field of study in college obviously included courses such as “The Oppressed Wymyn in 20th Century Literature,” and “The Penis – Dominant Weapon of Subjugation,” decided to create a brand new class of victims right there, in the middle of the ceremony: the cruelly suffering transgendered at the hands of trans-misogynist!

“Trans-misogyny does not deserve an award,” said the unidentified woman…

The woman continued the back-and-forth, arguing that straight people always play transgendered characters and receive awards for it. Leto repeated his argument that by the heckler’s logic, only straight actors could play straight roles.

Kudos to Jared Leto, who played an HIV positive, transgender woman named Rayon in the film. He engaged the wymyn and used logic to take down her irrational, embarrassing screeching.

“Then you’ve made sure people that are gay, people that aren’t straight, people like the Rayons of the world would never have the opportunity to turn the tables and explore parts of that art,” Leto said to big applause from the audience.

He offered to continue the conversation with the heckler backstage after the end of the Q&A session, which also featured fellow Virtuosos honorees Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and June Squibb (Nebraska).

Leto met with the heckler and her friend afterwards, where the trio had a cordial conversation for about 15 minutes.

I’m curious why this shrew decided that a straight actor cannot portray a transgendered woman, because if he does, that makes every transgendered woman a victim of his hatred. How does an actor putting himself into the body and soul of a transgendered woman equate to the dictionary definition of misogyny (hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women)?

And why do we, as a society, breed more and more of these ignorami to whom everything is an affront – an offense – a violent attempt at victimization?

Kudos to Leto for showing this hysterical harridan the logical conclusion of her histrionics.

The whole point of acting is stepping outside oneself and literally putting oneself into the shoes of someone else – someone who may be completely different from who you are. Truly talented actors are few and far between. Acting requires a certain profound empathy of which very few are capable. The talent is to step into that character and become someone else.

If only trannies are to play trannies, what is the point of acting? What’s the point of this particular art, if portraying a character that is the complete polar opposite of you are is to be regarded as hateful or misogynistic? Why should it be taboo to explore a complex character if you are male, merely because said character is a transgendered woman?

Why? Because we have created a society of victims and victim-sympathizers. And if they’re not shrieking about some perceived injustice, their lives hold very little meaning.

Good for Leto for maintaining his cool.

I would have kicked her in the labia.


9 responses

  1. Ya gotta love folks who make shit up to be mad about.


    1. Well, you know… that’s their entire raison d’etre!


  2. Heh. Just saw the Piers Morgan show on CNN last night were he’s accosted by a transexual for something Piers didn’t actually do.

    First time I’ve ever sympathized with the mouth-flatulent flabby f#@%tard.

    There’s plenty to castigate him for without actually making crap up out of thin air.


    1. OMG, find me link!!!! 😀


    2. Nicki, here is one of the stories. I admit that I felt some sympathy for Piers.

      And I read the whole of your post, found myself nodding agreeably to it, then choked on my laughter at the last sentence. Thank you.


  3. Anne Heche got some questions about being a gay woman playing a straight one in Six Days Seven Nights opposite Harrison Ford. She pointed out that she’s an Actress, someone paid to PRETEND to be someone she isn’t.

    I wonder what the heckler would have said to Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo about their roles in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

    As to your question about where these ignorami are coming from, you pretty much hit the nail on the head, IMHO. The PC movement has been telling people for 30 years that they have a “right” to not be offended, and when they are offended, it’s because they are being “harassed”. The idea that someone will always be offended by something, no matter how innocuous, escapes them.

    An old joke illustrates this well: it used to be an example of good manners that a boy scout would help a little old lady across the street. Now, if he helps her he’s insulting her because he thinks she can’t make it across without help, and if he doesn’t help her he’s insensitive to the needs of the elderly.

    You can’t win with these people. The best thing to do (as a society) is to ignore them. They won’t get over their hypersensitivity as long as society caters to it.


    1. I fully agree with you right up to the “ignore them” part. I just can’t anymore. They are loud. And loud gets attention. Attention leads to government intervention. They need to be confronted and stomped out.


  4. The government attention is what needs to be stomped out. That’s why I said ignoring them is what “society” needs to do. I guess I wasn’t clear that I include government as part of our society. Along with Hollywood, TV, talk radio, etc. The only attention they should get is jokes about how ridiculous they are. Public shaming works well.

    Got a legitimate beef, it should be dealt with. Lost a job because after work you cross dress; that’s probably legitimate. Can’t get a job at Victoria’s Secret, where you’re going to be helping women in the dressing room, because you’re a guy who dresses like a woman; probably not.

    Too many people get upset over differences in outcomes, without being interested in the differences in effort. Perhaps the “winner” in any particular economic race is the one who worked longer and harder, and isn’t that what we’d expect? Too any people think all economic competitions should end in ties, no matter how much work the various competitors (don’t) put into it.

    Another good one, and one that might apply in the instance you were originally discussing (returning to point? What am I thinking?), is many people don’t look at what the actual population IS when assessing if someone is being discriminated against. In the case of getting a job, the actual population is the group of people who APPLIED. If 99% of the people who apply for work as miners are male, would one expect that the percentage of females in mining jobs to match the overall population’s percentages of 51% female 49% male? So what % of applicants for the position this heckler was complaining about were in his preferred portion of the population? If 99% were in it, perhaps he’s got a point. If 99% were not, he probably doesn’t have a point.


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