HuffPost Writer Demands Hollywood Cast More Trans Actors In Non-Trans Roles

According to HuffPost contributor Tony Zosherafatain, it is absolutely imperative that Hollywood begin assigning trans activists non-trans roles.

Apparently, all he/he needs for survival is a nice, mundane movie role, just playing herself/himself. Living normally. Contributing mightily to our rainbow, non-binary world.

Think of that trans waitress at your neighborhood Waffle House. You know, the one with the 5 o’clock shadow and maybe just a tuft of chest hair peeking from beneath the neckline of the yellow blouse of her Waffle House uniform.

That’s who apparently needs to star in the silver screen’s next great drama – not as a trans woman but as an ordinary woman.

It’s just so clear, Zosherafatain says in his HuffPost article, that transgender actors are being discriminated against.

“As is the case in many instances,” he writes, “trans actors are often pigeonholed into playing trans people or portraying characters who fall into prejudiced transgender tropes.”

One such trope, he argues, is the “‘desperate transgender prostitute’ who is often accused of murder or other criminal intent.”

“Though shows like ‘Orange is the New Black’ have revolutionized LGBTQ characters on television, it’s interesting to note that trans actress Laverne Cox plays Sophia Burset, a trans woman imprisoned for fraudulent credit card usage. While ‘Orange’ does shed light on many trans issues (and Laverne is talented in her role), including the plight of trans women in prison, it falls into continued themes of portraying trans people as ‘criminals’ and ‘deception artists.'”

Even worse, he writes, is when “cisgender” actors are hired to play trans characters.

“Likely, it’s an intentional pattern meant to depict trans people in a certain light, while giving cisgender actors the chance to mimic trans people,” he says of that practice.

“The path forward is for Hollywood to carve out more roles for trans actors, or, for queer and trans independent filmmakers, to take matters into their own hands as was done in ‘Spot.’”

Zosherafatain really likes Spot. In the indie movie, trans actors portray characters whose sexual identity is never stated.

Like Seinfeld, other than the shrinkage episode.

“Movies like ‘Spot’ provide a good blueprint for Hollywood, where more trans actors should be recruited to play a wide range of roles, including everyday ones. For Hollywood to show that we as trans people exist everyday, everywhere is to truly humanize us,” Zosherafatain writes.

“More films should portray trans people in everyday situations, evoking universal themes of finding love, searching for meaning, and finding happiness,” he says.

Maybe a few non-binary burps or farts would help the humanizing progress.


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  1. Guy Atlas

    July 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    “Maybe a few non-binary burps or farts would help the humanizing progress.”

    you do realize that the movie is about the stories of the people who have spit gum on the sidewalk which became the “spots”. pretty darned close to burps AND farts, imho. yes, this is a great way to spread compassion and understanding.

    • Charles Perigord

      July 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Guy Atlas — You know, this “gross out the middle class” thing has been going on for over a century. Maybe it’s time for some of these writers to think up something newer and more interesting. I wish I could offer suggestions, but unfortunately I’m not any more innovative than they are.

  2. {SMH}

    The “story” is no longer the “story” …

  3. True.Epic.Crusader

    July 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Gross. Normal people don’t want to see that.

  4. PunJabber

    July 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    It’s Pat starring JuliaS weeney. “Methinks the lad[d]y doth protest too much.”

  5. A V_8000

    July 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm


  6. rergerger

    July 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    The only tranny I would accept is Blair White, because she actually tries.

    • HT

      July 14, 2017 at 10:07 am


  7. Kimmy3

    July 14, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Zosh complains of OITNB as portraying trans people as criminals. Ah, hello! It’s a show about criminals, hence the jailhouse setting. What a brain trust HuffPost scored by hiring him to write.

    • Charles Perigord

      July 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Kimmy3 – And I love his subconscious assumptions that trans people are inferior, can’t succeed on their own and require “special help” from the Powers That Be. It seems to me that the trans people who are really good actors would be able to conceal the fact that they are trans in order to have successful acting careers and make money. So instead of having Hollywood hire the best actors from his community, this writer wants them to hire second-rate and thrd-rate talent.

  8. Minerverse

    July 14, 2017 at 5:09 am

    And watch their profits crash even further? I think the entertainment industry is starting to cotton onto the idea that no one wants this crap rammed down their throats. Not even the SJW types will buy it.

  9. 0bsoleteMan

    July 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I always love leftist lovers’ spats. Big Hollywood vs. Big Fake News… who will win?

    • legtingle

      July 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Fake news thinks it’s winning, but I surely do not think so. CNN is being gossiped about being gotten rid of so the parent company can sell off the company. NPR knows it is going to be defunded. The network “news” lose more and more viewers everyday, due to demos. A lot of people are just tossing the tv and getting rid of the cable bill. Most just rely on the algores intrawebs now to read/view what they want to. Huff po never made $$$ and people laugh at it, read it for giggles. OH, AND THE CHINESE ARE BUYING UP A WHOLE BUNCH OF PRODUCTION COMPANIES/FUNDING PROJECTS. Hint, crazy libturds: THE CHINESE DON’T CARE ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS WHERE MEN PRETEND THEY ARE WOMYN, NOR ARE THEY INTERESTED IN BLACK ACTORS/STORIES. Enjoy!

  10. livinfree2010

    July 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    The United States gave a trans man the greatest role for 8 years – as the First Lady. I think we’ve done enough.

    • HT

      July 14, 2017 at 10:11 am


  11. HT

    July 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    The entertainment industry is a business, not a charity. Like any business, profits determine decisions, so if a trans person can generate profit by playing a certain role, I guarantee your the industry would do so. But that’s just not the real world where no one is going to pay money to see a lead female role being played by an obvious trans person. Not going to happen. As an alternative, they (the perpetually offended and deluded crowd) could always start their own production company, produce their own movies and put them on the market and see how well they fare. Good luck with that.

  12. dave

    July 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    How about we just cast the best person for the role, and not worry about what parts they have or what political statement we want to pat ourselves on the back over?

    You know, the right PERSON for the job?

    Crazy, I know…

  13. deejayaz

    July 14, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Huffpo and it’s readers, just don’t get the Consumerism thingy.

    WE decide what entertains us as audiences.

  14. SteppyJ412

    July 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    We just want to be treated like everyone else!
    Also –
    We deserve special treatment!
    Liberal “logic” is peculiar.

  15. Sylvia Adams

    July 14, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    If a transgender woman gets a role as a woman then that should be that, it shouldn’t matter that she is transgender or even mentioned for that matter. It’s this writer at HuffPo who is making a big deal of it. Isn’t the point of being transgender being able to be the other sex completely? It seems like they are making a big deal out it it — like they want a transgender woman to play a woman, but also want them to be applauded for having been a man previously. It’s a woman playing a woman — the end. If that person happened to have been a man in their past well who cares that is not who they are now so what is it anyone’s business if they are transgender (including you HuffPo writer, stop sticking your nose in other peoples business maybe they don’t want you to know they used to be the other sex).

  16. emersonushc13

    July 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Demand George Soros fund the film since he’s so down with the little peoples.

  17. Naos

    July 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    How about the more qualified actors get those roles? If they are trans, and they happen to be more qualified, fine. Telling Hollywood to have a quota for transpeople is just asinine. It’d be no better than a com

  18. Heywood Jablowme

    August 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    If i had a few bucks I’d make a short film of him as Hillary Clinton defending the pedi when she was a young pos lawyer.

  19. Debs Margolin

    August 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

    For six years I thought that Pamela Grier, who played a female in The L Word was a trans woman. It was because of her hands, I think, they seemed very masculine, and it was the sort of thing I expected from the show. I was actually kind of disappointed when I finally watched Pam Grier movies from the 70s and realised the truth. Coffy was pretty good.

  20. Sam Smither

    September 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Hollywood just suffered the worst summer for box office sales in recent years, and now they want this? Are they trying to commit suicide?

  21. Dudley Morris

    October 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    You can’t have it both ways, kids. If normal people can only play normal people, trannies should only play trannies – not that they’d usually be convincing as women anyway.

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