Sunday, July 31, 2016

Australia: Tricky to talk about the sexually confused

Who knew that "tranny" was wrong?

Today host Karl Stefanovic has apologised unreservedly for using the slur "tranny" while on-air on Thursday, calling himself "an ignorant tool".

Stefanovic was slammed by the LGBTQI community for using the term - considered a derogatory way to describe transgender women - while joking with colleagues.

The Today Show host apologises for using a transphobic slur and 'crossing a line'.

"I was an ignorant tool. And when I say 'ignorant', I really mean it. Yesterday I got it very wrong," he said on Friday morning.

The slur occurred on Thursday when Stefanovic and co-host Sylvia Jeffreys were interviewing Today reporter Christine Ahern, who was robbed by two transgender women while covering the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

"By using the word 'tranny', I offended an awful lot of beautiful, sensitive people," he said. "I honestly didn't know the negative and deeply hurtful impact that word has, not only on members of the LGBTQI community, but on their family and on their friends.

The 41-year-old presenter - who in the past has used his public platform to call out sexism and xenophobia - said he was wrong in assuming the transgender community would laugh along with him.

Not-for-profit organisation GLAAD states that 'tranny' is a defamatory word used to "dehumanise transgender people and should not be used in mainstream media".

'Transvestite' is also considered an outdated term, often used in the past to describe cross-dressers, and should not be associated with transgender women.

"Like so many other words we used in the past, it's time to throw that one in the bin," Stefanovic continued.

"I have no understanding of what it's like to feel like you are born in the wrong body, to feel uncomfortable in your own skin or the extreme courage it takes to accept yourself and live the life you've always wanted to live."

Critics rounded on Stefanovic on Twitter on Thursday, telling the presenter they'd be happy to buy him a beer and educate him.

Encouraging viewers at home to join him in educating themselves, Stefanovic called for tolerance.

"Given the events of the last year, now more than ever we need to educate ourselves, laugh together and embrace each others differences and live with tolerance, compassion and most of all, love and respect for everyone."



Anonymous said...

Why must we pander to the people with twisted minds ????

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

The whole worlds going crazy and now special little snowflakes must be protected from the outside world and the truth so when they leave their safe space(Playpen)the world will scare their little panties off

Anonymous said...

Biggest load of crap I have heard of in a long time. If the name is accurate then wear it. It they were tranny then so be it. Nobody has said that they can't commit crimes.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean I have to quit referring to the transmission in my F-150 as a "tranny?"

Gooniebird said...

Liberals are such a bunch of pinheads their so cuaght up in their rediculous PC world they have lost touch with reality thats becuase their minds have been so drugged up their cant tell the diference