'Family Guy': Funny or just plain offensive?

MothersDay_AnimatedShows_R2_fGuyFYou wanna see the trans community really pissed off, you can forget about Israel Luna’s transploitation film — look no further than last night’s “Family Guy.”

The animated series, which is historically very gay-friendly while also being patently offensive to gay people (for instance: Baby Stewie is clearly gay, while they have songs that mock AIDS) went all-out hateful against the trans community in last night’s episode, “Quagmire’s Dad.”

In the ep, womanizing neighbor Quagmire introduced everyone to his dad, a heroic veteran who announced he is having sexual reassignment surgery.

At first, the jokes are silly but funny-ish about the discomfort people have with transgenders. (“Do you miss your penis?” someone asks.) But the discomfort escalates, especially after Brian the dog has sex with the post-op woman, and upon learning she was trans, violently vomits for 29 seconds. That’s a long time on TV. And there’s no coda at the end, no “let’s make up and be friends” apologia.

But really, should we be surprised? Animated series like “Family Guy” and especially “South Park” have long pushed boundaries of good taste and political correctness.  I think it’s possible to just take the episode as another “ah, well, they have no sacred cows.” But I can imagine the trans community being up in arms.

What does everyone think: Humor we just accept as legitimate satire? Or line-crossing insensitive claptrap?

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Krystal Summers: 'I'm from Laurel, Miss.'

Today I came across the website ImFromDriftwood.com, a site that is working to gather together the stories of individual LGBT people from all over the world.

The site operators say their purpose is to show LGBT teens (and other lonely, isolated LGBT people) that they really aren’t alone, that there are others like them out there in towns big and small, all across the globe.

One of the stories on the site is a video clip of Krystal Summers, the trans actress and entertainer from Dallas who stars in Israel Luna’s film “Ticked-Off Tr***ies With Knives,” talking about growing up in a Southern Baptist home in Laurel, Miss., as “a little girl trapped in a little boy’s body.”

It’s not all weepy and dramatic and emotional. Krystal just talks very plainly about what it’s like to be different. And her story really hits home.

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More on 'Ticked Off Tra**ies With Knives'

Transgender advocate and writer Ashley Love issues a scathing indictment of Dallas filmmaker Israel Luna’s “Ticked Off Tra**ies With Knives” in a piece published by The Huffington Post yesterday. As Arnold Wayne Jones noted below, the film opened Friday night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Also, The Advocate has a story about Luna’s decision to blur out some of the letters in the controversial title, a decision that was arrived at with input from “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. And OUT has a review of the film from activist and author Kate Bornstein.vzlom-pochty-skachatпроверит pr

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A message from Israel Luna

Gay filmmaker Israel Luna — in New York this week to premiere his latest movie at the TriBeCa Film Festival — has posted a video blog on his Facebook page about his recent decision about changes in marketing materials for the film.

Luna explains why has has decided not to change the name of “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which has drawn fire from many trans activists, but to “blur out” some of the letters in the word “Trannies” in some marketing materials for the movie.

Here’s Israel to explain:
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BBC mentions 'Ticked Off Trannies with Knives' in Tribeca report

BBC reports on how Tribeca has grown as a film festival but also mentions its inclusion of Israel Luna’s controversial short film. Festival co-founder Robert DeNiro even talks about the Tribeca’s obligation to feature diverse voices in cinema and you could say he basically defends the movie.

UPDATE: Well, shucks. It turned out I had the incorrect BBC clip and now having trouble with the embed code. In the meantime, click here to for both the video and the story.rpg online mobile gamesкорпоративного сайта

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Fears for Queers coming to Dallas

fearsforqueersnewsAs controversy continues over Israel Luna’s new movie, “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” I was fascinated to find out that another gay filmmaker is playing an instrumental role in  launching a new film festival this summer in Dallas.

The fest is called “Fears for Queers,” and it is an LGBT-themed horror film festival.

Straight man Andrew Rose and gay independent filmmaker Shawn Ewert — “the folks who brought you the Texas Bloodbath Film Festival,” according to Fangoria.com — are now looking for LGBT horror films to be part of Fears for Queers, which starts June 19 at Studio Movie Grill in Addison. The deadline for submitting films for the fest is May 1. (Hmmm. I don’t think that gives me enough time to write a script, film a movie and edit it.)

I love B-movie “creature features” and ghosty movies and all those giant mutant man-eating gopher movies you see on the SyFy channel on weekends. But slasher/horror flicks have never really been my cup of tea.

But considering that Rose and Ewert intend to use this fest to raise money and awareness for Youth First Texas, I think I will go and watch some blood and gore come June 19.

Go to Fangoria.com to read their story about Fears for Queers, and then go to DOABloodbath.com or RightLeftTurnProductions.com to find out more about how to submit your movie (full-length or short) and other info.gruzovie-perevozki.com.uaсайты на заказ ucoz

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Protest outside Tribeca Cinemas in NYC targets 'Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives'

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The New York Times has a report on a protest yesterday outside Tribeca Cinemas in response to the upcoming festival’s inclusion of gay Dallas filmmaker Israel Luna’s “Ticked Off Trannies with Knives.” Read it by going here.online mobiпрограмма консультант

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Easter in the Park

Israel Luna — and his pooch Maddie — take DVtv viewers with them on a trip to the annual Easter in Lee Park celebration and pooch parade.

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'Trannies' gets another local advocate for free speech


I’m please to be one of the few  people unconnected to Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives who has actually seen the film and thinks it’s good. I’m also proud to say that, unlike some others, I actually believe in freedom of speech.

It’s nice to see Todd Camp does, too.

Camp, founder of Fort Worth’s Q Cinema, has announced that Israel Luna’s controversial film — where drag queens, some actual transgender women, fight back after a brutal gay bashing — will get its “Southwestern premiere” at the 12-year-old gay film fest later this spring. But what I really like is the thoughtful way Camp & Co. address the attacks on the film:

The film has already touched off a wave of criticism throughout the blogosphere, inspiring a Facebook group out to have the pulled from Tribeca and planned protests in New York. [GLAAD] issued an action alert declaring that, “the film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.”

Q Cinema staffers had made the determination to show the film before the trans tempest began stirring, but remain even more committed to presenting it after watching the efforts to try to have the film removed from Tribeca.

Q Cinema, first and foremost, has been a supporter of local filmmakers and Israel has been a long-time friends of the festival since we premiered his first feature several years ago. … Oone of the roles of any film festival is the present new, dangerous, sometimes unpopular ideas and the allow audiences to decide for themselves. …

For the film’s legions of critics, this is an opportunity to see it before you pass judgment on it in order to avoid the kind of sight-unseen criticism that has long plagued gay- and lesbian-themed entertainment of all kinds. We’re here to screen films and open a dialogue about them afterwards. That’s what we’ve done for 12 years, and we’re not about to stop now.

Another strike in favor of free speech! Thanks, Todd, for reminding GLAAD (which Tribeca called out as hypocrites after they ENDORSED the film earlier before shifting their opinion with the political winds)  and their fellow advocates favoring censorship would think about this, they’d see what they are doing is no better than what happened in Stephenville and ever gay-themed movie that has ever tried to play in a small-town.

Dallas — and New York — is not a small town. Too bad it is being painted with small-town thinking on this issue of artistic expression.сайтпродукция сео

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Tribeca responds

MovieLine.com has apparently been following the controversy over Dallas filmmaker Israel Luna’s latest flick, “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” and Thursday posted this story about Tribeca Film Festival’s response to GLAAD’s call to action for the festival to remove Luna’s film from its 2010 line-up.

This is the statement from Tribeca:

“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. Tribeca is proud of its ongoing commitment to bring diverse voices and stories to its audiences, and looks forward to the film’s premiere at our Festival next month.”pagehack.ruбиржа написания текстов

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