Jill Soloway creator of “Transparent’ posted this image ridiculing Bruce Jenner on her timeline. She thought it was too funny not to. Apparently someone told her it was wrong but not before she got hundreds of ‘likes’. And not before the whole thing was captured on twitter by Tom Léger and saved on storify by Michelle Ball.
Soloway did post this apology on Facebook……
Yesterday I saw an internet meme of the TRANSPARENT poster with the faces of Bruce Jenner and family photoshopped in to replace the Pfeffermans. It was not something we created, but as a long-time Kardashian fan and reality show obsessive, I impetuously regressed to a naïve, teenage self. It wasn’t until after I’d posted it on my Facebook page inviting debate that I saw it the way everyone else did: as a cruel mockery of the journey Bruce Jenner may or may not be undertaking. I took down the image immediately. Bruce Jenner has not said he is transitioning; his identity is his to share and no one else’s to determine. The well-being of the trans community is of utmost importance to me. As a cis woman I will never know what it is like to be trans. I acknowledge the hurt and pain of the trans community and welcome their feedback. I made a mistake; it was horrible judgment. My complacency is checked and it won’t happen again. Please accept my apology.
If you knew in your heart of hearts that #TransLivesMatter Soloway wouldn’t have found that image amusing.
There’s deeper issues here. It’s called transphobia. It’s present in many people at some level, even trans people. The only way to deal with it is to first acknowledge it, then to seek professional help. There is no shame in admitting you need help. Most trans people do. I did when I begun transition. Seems I suffered from embedded transphobic perceptions but with hard work and the guidance of a professional therapist I was able to work through those problems. I would suggest Soloway do the same.