“This week we found out that there was a film that used Angie’s name and the circumstances around her murder as a way to promote what is supposed to be a funny film. There is nothing funny about Angie’s murder and we are deeply offended that someone would use Angie’s name and memory to promote the film, Ticked-Off Tra**ies With Knives.” Glaad Blog
In case you are not aware of the importance of Angie Zapata life. Angie, beloved daughter and friend to all, was slain in 2008 by a man who later claimed he did so because he was ‘surprised’ that Angie’s genitalia did not match her gender expression.
But Angie’s life and death became much more to the transgender community. Her family was embraced by the worlds loving peoples straight and LGBTQ alike, as a symbol of hope. Her death became a symbolic turning point we felt was “A end to hate.”
Israel Luna decimated her memory by including her name in the movie “Ticked off trannies with Knives”. Luna was successful in igniting a transgender firestorm and the subsequent media attention must have warmed Luna’s heart, to a point.
Israel Luna was not prepared for the unabated rage from the transgender community, unmollified by his half hearted and delinquent attempts to remove Angie’s name and his refusal to disassociate transgender people from TO$WK as later film festivals the pejorative “trannie” is used with no letters blurred despite promises Luna made otherwise.
The damage had been done. Israel Luna has left a scar on our souls as “TO$WK” retains a prologue dedicating this movie to “those who do not fit in” a refrence to transgender people.
Israel Luna has placed this movie as a tribute, a testimony in the memory of our transgender slain, which to the transgender community is blasphemous.
TO$WK slanders of our community, it cheapens transgender womanhood in it’s indulgence of those who delight in violence against woman, gay misogynistic men and heterosexual transphobes by the millions, in gratuitous and disgusting portrays of transgender woman as sex craved, morally deficient and expendable targets of violence.
We transgender people who live in north Texas, the birth place of TO$WK and home to gay misogyny will protest on June 5th and 6th at Q Cinema, Fort Worth and fully intend on showing ourselves as we truly are.
Kelli anne Busey
June 3, 2010