Here are some super hilarious jokes:
“…President Elect, Obama is meeting every day with his transition team, or in beltway lingo, ‘trannies’.”
“First of all, congratulations… transparency award. Congratulations on winning the coveted… tranny.”
“Here’s a general rule of thumb I have: if you don’t know whether you’ve made a particular mistake more or less than 50 times, that’s not really a mistake. At that point, it’s something you do.
First things first, these jokes are terrible, yes.
Your comment about liberals…
DOESN’T MAKE SENSE AT ALL.
Like are you shitting me? Do you not understand that there is no direct connection between liberals and transphobia? You just completely made that up?
I’m a liberal, and a huge trans ally, and this is just simply offensive.
You can’t just make things up like that.
"This person’s a liberal, and made a transphobic joke; therefore all liberals are transphobic."
Screaming at the problem or misrepresenting it in the extreme won’t make it go away. Nobody said that all liberals embrace any kind of bigotry. While I truly envy your naiveté, it’s a fact that these and (yes, SOME, not ALL, as all plural nouns imply by default) other liberal comedians do better for their careers by callously mocking transfeminine people, lumping us in with cross-dressing men and making a grand joke of the same kinds of interactions that lead to trans women of color getting killed, than if they acknowledge our humanity, dignity and urgent need for help in healthcare and antidiscrimination policy (which isn’t very funny).
Before reexamining this post, you need to look at how it resonates with so many trans women, the primary target of comedians’ and murderers’ wrath involving LGBT people. You can search at least this very site for other posts calling out Colbert and Stewart using transmisogyny for cheap and violent laughs, and how many trans people have noticed their patterns for years. I’m not the only one who doesn’t watch anymore because it would threaten my health and they’re not worth it. The point of the particular post you responded to is to disprove the typical argument that we should ignore Colbert’s abuse of us because he pretends to be a conservative now.
You need to reexamine your privilege and defenses before claiming to be a trans ally, because allying is something you do, not a person you claim to be. A true ally listens when their comrade is hurt, and wants to help, not gaslight them, harming their mental health. To claim allyship while telling someone they did not see what they saw is truly sick and twisted. Your claim of offense is itself offensive and more importantly, oppressive, as is the violent work of the rich and famous centrist white men you defend as a liberal ally.
By the way, there are positions left of liberal Democrat in this country and others, and they have transmisogynists too. Look up Roseanne Barr’s recent political activity and twitter trolling and the history of Deep Green Resistance for extreme examples. But sometimes transmisogynists dictate policy among liberals; trans women are generally left out of nondiscrimination and healthcare policy by liberal “allies” to placate conservatives, for example, reinforcing the idea that protecting our actual lives and needs is too absurd to consider.
This isn’t a debate invitation, I’m pointing out facts to you in the hope that you’ll look at whose offense can actually get them killed when they can’t access transition care, aren’t protected from discrimination and the supposed shock of seeing them is accepted as a defense for killing them by many juries.
Please call your representatives in Congress, your state legislature and relevant local bodies and demand they support full transgender inclusion in nondiscrimination legislation, free hormone/transition care, easy gender change and one name change on passports, etc. (A quick google search should refresh you on trans demands if you’re a huge trans ally.) Then, please never call yourself an ally again unless forced. An ally is recognized by others, not self-declared to cut down those one claims to love when they are hurting.