Earlier this week (January 9) on Z99.5, the Smiley Morning Show went on a tirade. As I understand it, tirades are not uncommon on morning shows, and so this in and of itself is not unusual nor particularly notable. However, the focus of their anger (read "fear") was none other than the sister of David Arquette, Alexis, a transsexual woman and actress.
The DJs on the show were discussing David when one of them remembered his sister, Alexis, and began to comment on her transition. The following interchange took place:
"But doesn't he have that she-male sibling?" (male voice)
"oh, yeah, I forgot... a "shim"... well, no wonder!" (male voice)
"I'd be stoned, too."(male voice)
"A "shim"?" (female voice)
"Yeah. UGH! That just creeps me out! To have someone not know what they are... and to have to deal with that... with someone in your family..." (male voice)
"Wait a minute... wasn't that the she-male in The Wedding Singer?" (Woman's voice)
Then, either a woman or two women... I am not sure... proceeded to say she/they loved "that guy."
This commentary is full of hatred and fear towards Arquette as well as the entire transgender community. To share your thoughts with the station and the Smiley Morning Show, please visit their comments page, call the station at 317.816.4000, or email the Smiley Morning show directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. These words of transphobia cannot go unnoticed.