The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has launched a campaign to get New York’s Tribeca Film Festival to remove the film ‘Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives’ from it’s April lineup.
The film is described as a “campy homage to the exploitation films” in which “a group of transgender women are violently beaten and left for dead,” but then “the violated vixens turn deadly divas.”
The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.
It demeans actual transgender women who struggle for acceptance and respect in their day-to-day lives and to be valued for their contributions to our society.
But festival executives have refused to bow to pressure from GLAAD and are sticking by plans to show director Israel Luna’s film at the upcoming event. The festival countered with this statement, calling into question GLAAD’s charge of heart:
“The filmmakers provided a copy of this film to GLAAD in February, and for weeks the organization had been supportive to the filmmakers. In fact, GLAAD representatives advised the film’s producer, director and cast on how to describe the film to its core constituency.”
The Tribeca board of directors added they were “proud of its ongoing commitment to bring diverse voices and stories to its audiences.”
Stirring the pot, columnist Seth Abramovitch at Movieline.com comments: “When, exactly, did GLAAD start delineating between what is acceptable or not acceptable humor within the whole Queer spectrum for whom they advocate?”
Abramovitch referred to GLAAD as a “nutless institution reluctant to get their Pradas dirty on the way to the awards show” for snubbing Kirby Dick’s Oscar-nominated film, Outrage at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.
Watch the trailer here: