It seems the transgender community isn’t too keen on seeing Amaury Nolasco in a dress. The Puerto Rican star’s new ABC sitcom Work It is set to debut in January, but if GLAAD has their way, it may never hit the air at all.
The reason? The gay rights organization believes it is demeaning to transgender men and women. They say its premise, which revolves around Nolasco dressing in women’s clothing to score a job, plays on negative stereotypes.
“Transphobia is still all too prevalent in our society and this show will only contribute to it,” GLAAD president Mike Thompson recently stated. “It will reinforce the mistaken belief that transgender women are simply ‘men pretending to be women,’ and that their efforts to live their lives authentically as women are a form of lying or deception.”
ABC strongly disagrees, claiming the show is modern-day update of the Tom Hanks sitcom Bosom Buddies. Regardless of its political undertones, the entire concept of Work It seems a little stale to us. Amaury’s got a ton of talent and, judging by the latest promos, they’re definitely not being put to good use here.
By Michael Lopez