Tuesday , 21 January 2020

Comedy writer speaks out on Fringe transphobia

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Comedy writer Ben Alborough has spoken out against transphobia at the Edinburgh Fringe in an article for trade magazine Chortle.

Alborough, who attended a free stand-up performance at which a comedian ridiculed the idea of sexual attraction to trans people and talked about ‘shemales’ in pornography, something that many trans people feel diminishes their identities by treating them as sexual objects, called the show “lazy, uninspired and unnecessary.”  He went on to argue that “the idea that comedians have no need for social responsibility is a belief commonly held by comics who use crass, easy-target and aggressively sick humour, usually because they are incapable of doing otherwise.”

The ridicule of trans people at the Fringe has long been a subject of concern for the trans community, although there are a number of trans-positive productions at this year’s festival. Last year saw large protests by feminist groups unhappy with misogynistic and anti-lesbian ‘humour’, particularly rape jokes.

About Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode is a professional journalist who also edits at Eye For Film and who has written for publications including The Independent, The New Statesman, The Press Gazette, Pink News and Mosaic. Chair of reform charity Trans Media Watch, Jennie is also a member of the Equality Network and the Scottish Transgender Alliance.

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One comment

  1. Criticizing something that doesn't in the least bit harms you is just pure stupidity and bigotry. Sorry.

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