Don't let 'Hot tranny mess' become the new N word

Posted on 04 Aug 2008 at 4:00pm

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In today’s mailbox, someone left me a copy of Calpernia Addams’ new essay about the catchphrase “hot tranny mess.A phrase I recently used in a blog entry — about the ‘Trashy Tuesday’ protest at Crews Inn. Calpernia (whom I interviewed a couple of months ago) is against the catchphrase.

Like a dumbass, Christian Siriano once said that trannies and drag queens were the equivalent to white trash women and trailer parks. But Christian is only 21 years old and has since apologized for putting a stiletto down his own throat.

But I refuse to let  ‘hot tranny mess’ catchphrase be totally outlawed — especially when it’s synonymous with ‘fierce!’ And I really wish Calpernia gave Saturday Night Live’s  Amy Poehler some props — because Poehler is the one who really made ‘hot tranny mess’ a popular catchphrase. And the way Poehler used ‘hot tranny mess,’ you know she meant  ‘fierce!’ And when I wrote that the Trashy Tuesday protest was a ‘hot tranny mess,’ I meant that it was ‘tranny fierceness’ — especially since so many people  braved Dallas’ sweltering heat on a weekday night to express community activism.

Also, I’d like to direct y’all to UrbanDictionary.com’s 16th definition of ‘hot mess:’ Used to refer to extremely hot or ugly girls (it should be blatantly obvious whether the hot mess is used in a positive or negative connotation).

The girl walking by in the pink skirt was definitely a hot mess, I would love to Eiffel Tower her in my bedroom.

I wish Logo would hire Calpernia, Amy Poehler and Christian Siriano to do a PSA about the use of ‘hot tranny mess.’ So that we don’t get too politically correct and take a fierce phrase and license it so that only bigots can use it.

Oh, wow: UrbanDictionary.com even has a definition for Hot Tranny Mess, and the connotation can be negative, neutral and, ironically, a compliment.

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