Wednesday, May 12, 2010

TMZ Draws Physical Comparisons Between Elena Kagan & Men

TMZ a gossip and entertainment news website is coming under criticism for attacking Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan based on her gender expression. First she was compared to "King of Queens" star Kevin James (I am highly certain there is no coincidence they selected that show). Today she was compared to transman Chaz Bono.

There has been speculation over Kagan's sexuality for some time now, some think it's a private matter, while others feel that public leaders should come out.

Regardless of how people feel about outing, and the importance of coming out, we can all agree that insulting someone based on their gender expression is unacceptable. This is as Bilerico puts it is an "open invitation to homophobia and transphobia" and that is exactly what the comments on the TMZ site by viewers express.

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2 comments:

Diane J Standiford said...

"Who cares if she plays softball?" Bill O'Reilly

Anonymous said...

I don’t understand why people are walking on eggshells about this matter. Lots of political figures’ appearances are frequently the brunt of jokes.

Aside from her politics and her profession, simply commenting on a random person’s appearance, I understand why so many people were confused about her gender.

Once I found out why she was in the news, I thought that Obama might have been picking a transgendered person just to make a point. After a moderate amount of research, I concur that she will make a good judge… but that will not change the unrelated fact that she looks like Fred Flintstone wearing earrings.

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