I would prefer to take my weekends off, but last night, this happened.
Jonathan Ross, on his popular ITV chat show, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, ran the following bit about Thailand’s airline that now runs crews consisting wholly of transgender ‘kathoey':
Have you seen this story, I love this story today, a Thai airline, a company called PC Air has announced an exciting new recruitment policy – they’re going to recruit more ladyboys to be air stewards! [pauses: audience laughter]
Unlike most airlines, they’re actually encouraging you to take a concealed weapon on board, it’s a whole new, it’s a whole new (just waiting for some of you) it’s a whole new (I would! I think I have for one of them…)
The biggest shock on that plane is when the plane hits turbulence because it’s not just the oxygen masks that fall down in front of your face. [audience express disgust]
What a great way to spend a flight though, because you wouldn’t need puzzles or movies, because you’d just be, “Is she? Is he? Is she?” And when you want to find out the answer you just press the buzzer and go, “Excuse me, do you have any nuts?”
Disgusting. Simply disgusting.
He later addressed a trans woman calling him out on this behaviour on Facebook as “Sir. Madam. Whatever.”
Ross typically presents himself as an advocate for LGBT rights. He has an openly lesbian daughter, and believes it’s important for her to live in a tolerant, accepting society where she isn’t taught to feel ashamed of who she is. So why does he feel it’s okay to make jokes at the expense of trans women? One of the most disenfranchised, downtrodden, abused and mistreated groups in our entire culture? Sure, when it’s his daughter who belongs to the minority, he champions her rights and ability to feel accepted and loved. But when it’s someone else’s daughters in question, he can shame and ridicule them to his heart’s content.
If you’re in the UK and are as pissed off by this as I am, please contact Ofcom and let them know you do NOT consider Ross’s comments appropriate.
Otherwise, feel free to spam the hell out of him on twitter, @wossy.
I am really sick of this kind of thing…