Entertainment behind the scenes
(Reporting by Edith Honan)
“Transploitation.” Depending on your definition, it means either a) an exciting, entertaining way of celebrating transgender women, or b) a reinforcement of an unfair stereotype. Either way, one thing is for certain, the question of what “transploitation” is, has become a controversial subject at this week’s Tribeca Film Festival.
The fuss centers on a new movie, “Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives,” a revenge fantasy that is as violent as it is campy which had premiere here over the weekend. The movie tells of a group of transgender friends who seek vengeance on their attackers. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) several weeks ago called for it to be pulled from the event that has become a key stop on the global film festival circuit. At the film’s debut, about 25 protesters passed out literature and held up signs saying the story dehumanized the transgender community. “This is not a gig for us. We are women who were born with birth challenges,” said the protest’s organizer, Ashley Love. “These people are mocking our lives.” But director Israel Luna said he hoped people would watch the entire film and give it a chance.
We were out the red carpet to ask the question and in the videos above you can watch Krystal Summers and Erica Andrews, who appear in the movie, defend it. And Stefanie Rivera, one of the protesters, explains why she thinks Tribeca should shut it down.