The Bad: The #MeToo movement has unintended consequences for trans representation
By now, everyone knows that comedian Louis C.K. has admitted to masturbating in front of women without their consent. What you might not realize is that the subsequent suspension of his animated TBS cop show The Cops derailed a potential milestone: Actress Jen Richards, who is transgender, was slated to star in that show – or as she put it on Twitter, "There was going to be an animated trans character, voiced by a trans actress, on network television." No one is arguing that Louis C.K. should have been allowed to keep his network ties for the sake of transgender representation but it is still deeply unfortunate that transgender people working in Hollywood have had their careers affected by the alleged misdeeds of the powerful men implicated by the #MeToo movement. As Richards wrote on Twitter, "I will mourn my own lost opportunity for a moment, but I'll continue to loudly celebrate a complete sea change in the gendered power dynamics of every corner of society."
For a second example, look no further than Transparent – a show already controversial in the trans community for casting a cisgender man in the lead role. As it turns out, that cisgender man, Jeffrey Tambor, has now been accused of sexual misconduct by two transgender women who worked with him on the award-winning dramedy. Tambor initially resigned from the show – although a spokesperson backtracked that statement, as Variety reported in December – and now the production, along with the jobs of the many transgender people who work on the show, appear to be up in the air.