David Letterman (and his show) are stuck in 8th grade, squealing with disgust that Amanda Simpson, Obama’s new appointee in the Commerce Department, “used to be a dude.”
As Joe.My.God points out, this is the same damn transphobia that hate crime defendants trot out time and again, most recently in the murder, dismemberment, and partial burning of Puerto Rican teen Jorge Mercado.
But, everybody in the audience: look to your left. As much as we cry out when straight public figures smear trans people, that person to your left just may be saying things like this (from The Advocate’s story on Simpson, via Pam’s House Blend):
- The first two syllables of his name is accurate. Although it’s probably a good thing to hire a tranny, because with things like defense we don’t need someone working there who gets periods and PMS. And the feminist won’t scream for them to hire a woman. Because now they can say that they did. Name: Phillip, Hometown: Reseda
- EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Trans people are disgusting. I wonder if he still has a penis. Name: Casey, Hometown: HC
Simpson is right, “being the first sucks,” to put it mildly, all the more so when you are extremely qualified for your position and all you hear are a chorus of juveniles who are theoretically part of your community shrieking about the way you perceive your gender.