Great write-up summary of the turn of events, which following a personal discussion with someone, has challenged me to think about what it all means.
“I should have said something, as soon as he cut before commercial break and called me ‘a man’ — and they edited it to look like we were laughing after that, which was not the case — I should have just had a side note, and said something. But instead, I gathered myself, and I was like, this isn’t the interview I thought it was going to be. But I’m going to be pleasant, because I’m on mainstream television. Most people have not met a trans person before and I’m not going out as the quote unquote, angry black trans woman.”
Who hasn’t had a moment like that… “I should have said something…” a repetitive silent self-beating, where we’re the last to forgive ourselves. I know I’ve been there many, many times.
“It’s also a discussion about ally-ship. What does that look like? An ally is not a tittle you throw on to yourself. It’s a constant state of evolution, education and action.”
Furthermore, if a media interview is about challenging the subject, challenging people’s perceptions, how about us pushing back, challenging the media and demanding responsible journalism? Why should we settle for “coverage” if this coverage is not up to our standards?