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Zoolander 2 transface mocks with a giggle

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“ALL” an androgynous model  giggles when asked if they have a ‘hotdog, or ‘bun’ with no smiles it’s clear it’s not intended to be funny.

Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2 calculated mockery of gender non-conformity has elicited outrage. It’s insidious delivery defensible, setting up Trans people who object to it as promotional pawns. This will play well to many who would pay to see his latest inane comedy. To those ignorant or unconcerned about gender non-conformity, it will hardly raise an eyebrow. But thanks to Stiller’s immoral baiting many more will go to the theater ready to laugh at us.

In the “Zoolander 2” trailer, “All” an androgynous model played by Benedict Cumberbatch is asked by Zoolander and Hansel if they are a ‘male or female model’. Confidently “All”  responds, “All is All”.

Gender to genitals the most basic transphobic meme.


But when pressed if they ‘have a hot dog or a bun’. “All” only offers an invalidating humorless giggle.

Cumberbatch was lauded by Planet Transgender last year for his portrayal of Alan Turing, the famous openly gay British code breaker of World War II. Cumberbatch, an advocate for gay rights became an ordained priest just to marry two friends.

But evidently Cumberbatch’s empathy ends where the money begins. Nice sellout Cumberbatch.

To those who would kill us Cumberbatch’s giggle is nothing less than a hilarious vindication of their murderous intent. 2015 US murder rate was twice that of last year’s. More transgender people were murdered in a single year that ever before. Mocking trans people is a crime.

A petition calling for the Boycott of Zoolander 2  for its “offensive representation of non-binary individuals” currently has over 7,000 signatures. The petition which targets Benedict Cumberbatch, Paramount Pictures and Ben Stiller states, “Cumberbatch’s character is clearly portrayed as an over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals. This is the modern equivalent of using blackface to represent a minority.”

But Ben Stiller is no stranger to dirty tricks.

The original Zoolander released in 2001 which grossed 60M worldwide was banned in Malaysia for depicting the country as impoverished and dependent on sweatshops.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. Celia, Please do tell that to the families of the 42 murdered trans people.

    I’m sure that they are aware that their loved one is a statistic, one of a record high number of murdered.
    But I’m not sure if they also know that we should excuse comedians who make a joke of transphobia. Maybe you should tell them that.
    Maybe if they watch the movie it’ll all suddenly be funny?

  2. If anyone is familiar with Ben Stiller’s movies, they’ll see that literally everything in his films is over the top, cartoonish and highly satirical.

    Tropic Thunder also got flak for the “never go full retard” gag. What people have to understand is that they are not mocking individual people in that film, but the absurdness how certain actors work and the film industry.

    Also, the scene in question with Benedict Cumberbatch as a gender fluid model having trans-jokes thrown at him, simply showcases the stupidity of the two protagonists, not the ignorance of the actors and filmmakers.

    I think a boycott is stupid, and people should see the film for themselves and then judge whether or not the film is transphobic.


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