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article imageSusan Sarandon describes GLAAD as ‘out of control’

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 16, 2010 in Entertainment
Susan Sarandon, the American actor, has described a US gay-rights organisation as “out of control” after it complained about the use of the word “tranny” in an episode of Glee.
As reported by Digital Journal last week, a recent Glee episode featured a Rocky Horror Show theme that saw characters assume the roles from the popular 1970s Richard O’Brien musical.
The episode in question – “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” – saw Mike (Harry Shum Jr) play Frank N. Furter – a transvestite character who dresses in stockings, high heels and lingerie. However, he drops the part after his parents complain that he looks like a “tranny”.
Following the episode, GLAAD – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – issued a statement criticising the show. GLAAD said that the word “tranny” was a “slur” and that another character in the episode should have been seen to say so.
In response, Sarandon – who starred as Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 film version of the original stage show – has now come to the defence of the programme-makers.
Pink News reports that the 64-year-old actor has been speaking to the New York Daily News. She said: “What should they [Glee] have said? [GLAAD is] getting like PETA – way out of control.”
However, GLAAD has hit back. Their spokesperson, Richard Ferraro, responded, saying: “The word ‘tranny’ has become an easy punch line in popular culture and many still don’t realise that using the term is hurtful, dehumanizing and associated with violence.”
Despite the controversy, the episode achieved the highest US TV viewing figures for the evening with 11.5 million viewers.
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