So why isn't the media watchdog all over last Sunday's episode of The Cleveland Show? Why scream bloody murder over a cartoon with a pro-gay message while completely ignoring another show that is actually demeaning to our community? You know, the one that has characters vomiting at the thought of having sex with an "outrageous" deceptive "tranny" - who's really just a deep-voiced man pretending to be a woman, of course.
Complete episode and some of Renee's commentary after the jump.
...Cleveland discovers that Auntie Mama has a penis and immediately declares her a man. Auntie Mama clearly presents as a woman and lives her life as such and therefore; declaring her a man is highly transphobic. Rather than just admitting that trans people make the decisions that they do because their bodies are not aligned with their gender, Auntie Mama claims to have made the decision to live as woman after the death of Donna's mother to give her feminine role models.
Cleveland then decides to corner Auntie Momma and demand that she declare that she is a man. Immediately Auntie Momma's voice deepens and the rest of the episode is spent making jokes about her gender presentation. It was written as though she was deceiving those around her. This meme is particularly dangerous. The deceptive trans woman construction has lead repeatedly to murder and yet MacFarlane decided that this was just pure humour.
Of course, the deceptive trans woman then goes on to seduce a straight cisgender male. When Auntie Momma is outed by Cleveland, his father proceeds to vomit copiously and expresses shame for having in engaged in sex with Auntie Momma. It is absolutely not Cleveland's place to out someone? In the real world, such an action often ends in violence. Why is it necessarily shameful that a cisgender man engaged in sex with a trans woman? The response of Cleveland's father is based squarely in the trans panic and homophobia. Isn't MacFarlane great; two marginalizations for the price of one.
This entire episode was devoted to promoting transphobia and homophobia. It is particularly galling that this episode was aired right after the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates all those who have died because of trans hate in the previous year.