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"Work It" features two straight guys who decide that they have to dress as women to get a job, because apparently it's so easy for transsexuals to get hired these days and it gives a guy an edge in an interview if he shows up in a dress. Gee, why didn't I think of that?
Out of the gate, Work It was dismissed by both critics (who criticized its brand of comedy) and the gay community (for the message it supposedly communicated). The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Human Rights Campaign took to out an ad in a Hollywood trade to show how the could have a negative impact on the transgender community. Using photos of transgender Americans, an ad in Variety features statistics from the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force on discrimination to demonstrate how the comedy could be misinterpreted by viewers.ABC VP of Entertainment Paul Lee was stumped by GLAAD's criticism.
While talking to reporters at the annual Television Critics Tour in Pasadena today, Lee said he was stumped by a campaign from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Human Rights Campaign that accuses the cross dressing comedy of being harmful to transgenders. “I didn’t really get it,” he said. “I loved Tootsie. I still loveTootsie. I didn’t get it. But that’s probably me.”Yes, Mr. Lee, it IS you. You're an asshole.