Re(Assignment) premieres with Michelle Rodriguez in a transface tragedy


Michelle Rodriguez

Clutching her vagina screaming “NO” after punitive penis removal, a bloodied and “Sewer Stained” Re(Assignment) ‘victim’ cisgender actress Michelle Rodriguez believes trans people shouldn’t criticize her transface role because she is bisexual.

The Guardian gave (Re)Assignment one star as “a strong contender for 2016’s worst movie” at the opening at the Toronto film festival Wednesday. “When films are not just bad but incompetent, incoherent and incomprehensible, you start to wonder whether an actual human being was in charge or if a group of monkeys was given free rein on a soundstage for a month and this is what they produced. Such is the case with [re]Assignment (previously Tomboy), a B-movie in which the b stands for bad, a film made with such staggering idiocy that it deserves to be studied by future generations for just how and why it ever got made.”

“The premise, which has already caused upset within the trans community, has hitman Frank Kitchen (played by a beardy Michelle Rodriguez) kill a drugged up art collector who happens to be the brother of experimental black market surgeon Dr Rachel Kay (Sigourney Weaver). As an act of revenge, but also to explore issues of gender and identity (no really), the unhinged doctor kidnaps Frank and performs reassignment surgery on him. Frank wakes up as a woman (played by a non-beardy Michelle Rodriguez), eager for vengeance.”

Michelle Rodriguez responded to transgender community outrage defending it as a “culture shock pic” she made to “express my frustration” with the current state of the film industry.

She also noted the film was a ‘B-movie noir genre comic book take on something’ and that she herself was part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. (At least she got the acronym right this time).

‘I’m bisexual. I do guys. I do girls. You can’t really argue with me because I’m you. So if I do a movie, I’d never do a movie with the intention of offending anybody in the LGBT community because I’m a part of it,’ she said.

The Daily Mail reports that Rodriguez took issue with criticism, asking: ‘Are they mad that somebody decided to take their branded transgender operation and use it on heterosexual people?’

This is transface by her own definition. There are no words to describe my outrage over this blatant commercialization and misrepresentation of my communities medically necessary surgeries. We are often put down for not having had this surgery, while being denied the opportunity due to insurance denials and costs.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. Yes, do watch the film Gina, for…

    “Women who desire to be equal with men, lack ambition!” 🙂

    Simply put, men wouldn’t exist without us! We are the fruit of the earth and provide balance to the universe.

  2. Re: Michelle Graham

    I thought Almodovar’s ‘The Skin I Live In’ was a bit silly in places, but ultimately meant as a Gothic horror, and not meant to be taken too seriously. But you’re right, this film, (Re)Assignment, seems to share one important premise, that to be turned into a woman is a kind of punishment, a weakening of a man into something helpless. This is a message any feminist is going to find objectionable, but it also holds up a useful mirror to the kind of society we continue to be – one that’s a long way away from seeing men and women as equals. I would like to see this film therefore, just to see what it says about perceptions of gender and transgender identity in 2016 . . .

  3. This would be an excellent procedure for all the trans-phobes homo-phobes and misogynists out there. (People who would rope us because they only like to play with titties.) Kind of like “Human Centipede” really, only you take their most prized possession and use it to connect them all together.


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