Fox’s hit show “Glee” is facing fallout from an unusual source in the wake of its recent “Rocky Horror”-themed episode. While the show is generally praised as being gay-friendly, it was dinged by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for its use of the word "tranny" in the episode.
The show used the word when Mike Chang offered to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but backed out after his parents objected to him "“dressing up like a tra**y," according to GLAAD’s blog.
"Unfortunately the larger problem here is that the word “tra**y” has become an easy punch line in popular culture, and many still don’t realize that using the term is hurtful, dehumanizing and associated with violence, hatred and derision against transgender people–a community that is nearly invisible in media today." the blog notes. "GLAAD urges all entertainment industry creators to stop using the word tra**y for a cheap laugh. GLAAD has reached out to Fox and ‘Glee’ producers to discuss how to move forward with this matter."