A new ABC show has come under fire from a number of organizations, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog. Among those voicing disapproval are the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, according to the report.
The show is a comedy series called "Work It," about two men who dress like women in order to find jobs, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog. The midseason series, which has yet to air, stars Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco.
"During a period in which the transgender community now routinely finds itself in the cultural crosshairs, the timing couldn’t be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women is inherently funny,” wrote Matt Kane, GLAAD’s associate director of entertainment media, according to the story.
The Human Rights Campaign has organized a write-in protest against the show, the piece adds. It’s urging supporters to send in this message to ABC: “Hundreds of thousands of transgender Americans face very real challenges in the workplace. … We have a shared responsibility to ensure the messages about gender identity we send to the public, and particularly youth, are positive ones. It is never appropriate to belittle or mock those who do not adhere to society’s gender norms or the struggles they face.”
"Work It" is scheduled to debut Jan. 3. ABC had no comment, the story says.
Other organizations that have reportedly criticized the show include the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Program and the Transgender Law Center.