Forbes, the enormous business magazine, published a blog post by James Altucher last week, entitled "Why Google Never Bought My Company."
In it, he uses the following phrase: "chasing down abused transvestite prostitutes who wanted to share their 'chocolate action'."
I imagine that phrase must have seemed pretty cool, edgy and funny to Mr. Altucher and his editors at Forbes. I have a different take on it. It makes me feel like the marginalization of trans people, particularly trans people of color, is kind of cool, edgy and funny to Mr. Altucher, who runs a stockpicking website, and his editors, who run a blog at a multi-million dollar corporation.
Laughing at the people that have been shoved to the bottom of the pile is an old trick to avoid thinking about how economic piracy of corporate interests has created a society that preys on people to create the trickle up profits that fund the rich. This is called "blaming the victim", and it's not a pretty side of human nature. I should think that anyone with sense would avoid flaunting their prejudices. Unless you assume that every reader is going to agree with you. Perhaps that is a sign of the readership that Forbes serves.