November 2nd, 2010
02:30 PM ET
After the Parents Television Council gave them heat for that racy GQ photo shoot, "Glee" has come under fire once again: New York magazine's Vulture reports that GLAAD is upset that the hit Fox series featured the word "tra**y" in its "Rocky Horror"-themed show.
In the episode, the character of Mike Chang offers to play campy cross-dresser Dr. Frank-N-Furter but then backs out, explaining that his parents don't want him “dressing up like a tra**y.”
"The casual manner in which the word was used is jarring, even if he may have been repeating what his parents said," GLAAD'S Matt Kane writes on the organization's site.
"Unfortunately the larger problem here is that the word 'tra**y' has become an easy punch line in popular culture, and many still don’t realize that using the term is hurtful, dehumanizing, and associated with violence, hatred, and derision against transgender people - a community that is nearly invisible in media today," the statement went on.
Kane points out that "How I Met Your Mother" also used the word on its October 18 episode, and that "Project Runway" star Christian Siriano has added to the problem by making "hot tr**y mess" a popular catchphrase.
"GLAAD urges all entertainment industry creators to stop using the word tra**y for a cheap laugh," says Kane.
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