Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Blake Lively’s Derogatory Slur Infested Elle Feature Proves How Mean Spirited Hollywood Publicists Will Be To Get Their Clients Free Publicity, Yuck
Being from California, I would watch Gossip Girl because I wanted to learn about NY pop culture, so I was sad to hear one of the actresses, Blake Lively, say such insensitive and marginalizing comments in Elle’s March issue. Furthermore, I pause to consider if her publicist arranged this provocative rant. If so, oppressed minorities do not appreciate being used and ridiculed just for starlets to gain press. As a former publicist, I would never do something like this, but not all publicists have consideration for endangered minorities who are working for acceptance and human rights.
I volunteer for MAGNET- Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Transsexual & Transgender People. Not too long ago MAGNET organized a phone call campaign when CW, the network Lively works for, allowed the same slur Lively used, “tra**y”, to be used on the reality show “High Society”. Our campaign helped CW make the decision to edit out the offensive slur. There's a strong chance Lively, and definitely her publicist, were aware of their networks run in with the derogatory word.
After meeting her a couple times, my impression is that she is a kind and talented person. Maybe she does not know how offensive the word is. I am more disappointed with her PR team because they are the professionals, and everyone in the PR business knows by now the controversy associated with the dehumanizing slur.
A plea to publicists who advise their clients on sound bites and quotes is let’s please show some professionalism, if not compassion and respect for people who were born with birth challenges by not suggesting derogatory words to our clients. Put yourself in the shoes of the people you are harming.
Moving forward, I do hope Blake acknowledges the pain, alienation, and even violence associated with that word, and apologizes.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Just How Many Token Trans Toms Will Be In HRC’s ‘Goldman Sachs’ Gala Tonight? Dana ‘Buy-her’ Beyer? Meghan ‘Stab-in-the-Back’ Stabler?
Currently, Occupy Wall Street’s LGBT Caucus is picketing the HRC Gala outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in protest to them honoring Goldman Sachs.
Is HRC living under a rock? Um, there happens to be a revolution in this country with Goldman Sachs listed as one if the biggest enemies of the American people, and the world! How can HRC call themselves a “human rights and social change group”, and then honor a company where there is evidence of human rights violations, greed and robbing the American people for billions of dollars? It would appear the HRC is just a 'country club for the 1% of the LGBT coalition' masquerading as a civil rights group.
And let’s not forget their constant transsexual-phobia. They think having opportunists and sell outs like transgenderist advocate Meghan Stabler on their board makes them look inclusive. Stabler recently mocked and endangered the transsexual movement by volunteering to be legally male so they could get married. Former board member Dana Beyer used the HRC because she wanted them to help her become an elected official. She ran three times.....and lost. Proof that even if you make a deal with the imperialist, karma still usually has a say so in the outcome. So now Beyer has instilled the LG's establishment's puppet “transgender rights” group in Maryland called Gender Rights Maryland. This is scary, considering last year in Annapolis I heard Dana Beyer say outside the courtroom that “cross dressers are the same thing as transsexual”. Just because Beyer was married and actually conceived children with a woman in a heterosexual relationship, and lived decades as an alpha male, doesn’t mean people who were actually born with transsexualism have that same type of narrative.
The police are harassing the activists outside the HRC gala. Wish I could be there, I have a few things I’d like to say to the HRC, most importantly that Americans with transsexualism are sick of the LGB elite co-opting, taking ownership and misrepresenting us. We will break free from this blatant colonialism, we will for sure!