So if you are going to be in New York tomorrow, and you care to protest the shameful exploitation of both trans women and some of the most brutal murders of trans people, you might want to run down and help us protest the Tribeca Film Festival’s decision to screen Ticked Off…Disparaging-Word-For-Trans-People…With Knives.
Here are the details of the protest, from its Facebook page:
“Protest/rally Against Tribeca’s Decision to Premiere Transphobic Film “Ticked Off Trannies With Knives”
What: A protest/rally demanding that Tribeca Film Festival remove the transphobic film “Ticked Off Trannies With Knives (TOTWK)”. Melissa Sklarz- Director of New York Trans Rights Organization, celebrities, elected officials & LGBT activists will be speaking. A candle light vigil for trans victims of hate crimes will also be held.
When/Where: Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 6:30-8:00pm @ Tribeca Cinemas @ 54 Varick Street, NYC
Why: The movie makes light of violence and rape against trans women, exploits the high-profile murder of teenager Angie Zapata, includes the pejorative term “trannies” in its title, inaccurately depicts trans women’s identities as drag queen “performers” and “caricatures” and misrepresents the lives of an extremely disenfranchised group who suffer violence at alarming rates.
There’s more at the page, including an update on MAGNET’s attempts to get Tribeca to drop the film.
And hey, while you’re at it, you can check out my post at Shakesville about this horrorshow:
Now, over here we’ve talked about the million and one reasons that this entire project—but most especially, the trailer—its fan-failing-tastic, but I thought I’d review some of the more pernicious defenses of the film that have been floating around the ‘Nets of late. Just in case you need to defend against the concerned. (I won’t touch upon the normal silencing tactics, like the appeal to the Law of Conservation of Protest or the Razor of Lighten Up, It’s a Joke.)
Much more at the post, including why being a throw back to the “Blaxploitation” films of the 1970s isn’t a good thing.
And see you tomorrow at the protest!