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Netflix Transphobic Jokes are killing me

Seriously when did NetFlix become so transphobic? It’s so bad I can’t sit down to watch a Netflix show without subjected to a transphobic joke.

In all fairness, It’s not just the new releases that I have issues with.

We have come a long ways in the past few years. Evidently, our self-awareness and sense of personal value must become much higher.  I can’t watch some of the reruns due to the same transphobia that in yesteryears I hadn’t noticed, or given a pass to. But it’s not just the reruns, my problem is with the new shows as well because Netflix Transphobic Jokes are killing me.

I’m not the only one to notice NetFlix Transphobia problem.

Friends, a longtime favorite of mine is now unwatchable.  Now that the 90’s sitcom is binge available Meka Beresford wrote everyone is shocked at the homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.

Viewers have taken to Twitter in swarms to complain about the homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic storylines that litter the ten seasons.

One of the ongoing plots that had slipped many people’s minds is Chandler’s relationship with his dad, who is transgender.

Chandler refuses to recognise her gender identity, using the dead name “Charles” rather than “Helena Handbasket”.

He also pretends to become physically sick when they go to watch him perform on stage.

Netflix Transphobic Jokes

Then there’s the” L” Word season 2 episode 7 opening when walking down the red light district they pause to consider an attractive transgender sex worker but laugh at her when her companion reveals that “She’s not a She”.

Vrai Kaiser over at Mary Sue wrote that “Neo Yokio’s Camp Is Hard to Enjoy Through the Transphobia”

Netflix Transphobic Jokes are killing me


“Now Ranma (a series about a boy who’s cursed to turn into a girl whenever he’s splashed with cold water) is a series that provided a kind of wish-fulfillment role among a certain age group of trans nerds, myself included. But it was hugely problematic in regards to gender essentialism when it was written in the 90s, and it’s only gotten more ugly with age. There is absolutely no way a cis creator could tango with that material in a tasteful way. And this is egregiously bad.”

Netflix Transphobic Jokes are killing me
The writer knew this would be hurtful for transgender women

Then there’s Dave Chappelle doubling down on his ignorance. The fact is the majority of transgender people murdered are people of color, and that’s no joke.

Sameer Rao wrote over at Color Lines about The Danger of Dave Chappelle’s Transphobic ‘Jokes’ [OPINION]

“If the police shot half as many transgenders [sic] as they did niggas last year, it’d be a fucking war in LA!” he said in one of the earlier performances.

He reaffirms this perspective during an “Equanimity” bit in which he crudely professes allyship with his trans critics. “They mean what they say,” he explains. “Them niggas cut they dicks off, that’s all the proof I need,” he continues to rapturous applause.

Chappelle later discusses feeling bad after a trans fan, offended by one of his jokes, sent him a letter expressing disappointment. The note apparently caused him to reflect on whether or not he’s actually transphobic. The reflection didn’t go far, though; he quickly resorts to framing Black and trans struggles as irreconcilable:

“My problem has always been with the dialogue about transgender people. I just feel like these things should not be discussed in front of the Blacks. It’s fucking insulting, all this talk about how these people feel inside. Since when has America given a fuck how any of us feel inside? And I cannot shake this awful suspicion that the only reason everybody is talking about transgenders [sic] is because White men want to do it. That’s right, I just said that. If it was just women who felt that way, or Black dudes and Mexican dudes being like, “Hey y’all, we feel like girls inside,” they’d be like, “Shut up, nigger, nobody asked how you felt. Come on everybody, we have strawberries to pick!” It reeks of White privilege. You ever ask yourself why it was easier for Bruce Jenner to change his gender than it was for Cassius Clay to change his fucking name?”

If Netflix had learned anything from viewers they would not have aired season 1 episode 4  of “Episode” and I wouldn’t be writing this, instead of back watching Netflix on my couch where I’d rather be.

Netflix Transphobic Jokes are killing me

Sean and Beverly have to retrieve Matt from a seedy bar outside of LA so that the paparazzi waiting outside won’t see him driving home drunk. What follows is an all-night road trip which takes the trio from a run-in with a paparazzo to Matt’s ex-wife’s house. When they escape the photog Matt drunkenly whines about ‘scumbags’ kids who’s only wish was to grow up to become paparazzi.

Seriously. Netflix Transphobic Jokes are killing me.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. I have always believed that you cannot give offense, you can only take offense. Don’t go looking for things to offend you, and in particular, don’t go looking for things to offend you in the past.

    Life gets easier when you accept that as fact.

    The past is what it is, you can’t change it. Just accept it and move on.


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