Chloe Sevigny: I got reamed out by The Advocate the other day for saying “tranny.” I guess I referred to [my character] as a “tranny” a couple of times and apparently, that’s a no-no in the community. I felt really bad! Nobody had ever told me. Did you know that?
Huffington Post: I just know that now because I think Blake Lively also said that recently …
Chloe Sevigny: Oh, so there’s been some uproar. Reee-donkulous. You can’t say anything anymore.
– Chloe Sevigny is the latest celeb to get spanked (not in a good way) by the Political Correctness Police. Chloe will be playing an Irish transgender assassin in a new miniseries and referred to her character as a “tranny.” However, “tranny” is not a word that the transgender community would like to be known by — although lots of otherwise queer-rights supporting folks, like, Chloe, didn’t get the memo. In fact, I didn’t get the memo until recently, either. You live, you learn.
So, I wish that once Chloe learned that the word she used is not preferred, her attitude had been more gracious and respectful. One hundred years ago, she might have been called a “broad” or a “dame” and some dude might be calling her annoyed response “reee-donkulous”! [Huffington Post]
Talk about sexual harassment in the workplace: Bartenders at a pub in the UK say someone in their bar is indiscriminately pinching their butts. But it’s not a patron whose getting grabby … it’s a ghost. Both male and female staff at The Queens Arms in Birmingham report feeling “a very firm pinch” which happens “day and night.” They assume it’s from a “small, bald, smartly-dressed” phantom who haunts the 170-year-old pub, moving chairs, singing and causing mysterious puffs of smoke. Explained the manager, in adorable British parlance, “You turn round, but there’s no one there. It’s most off-putting.” Most off-putting, indeed! And wily, too. At least if a drunken patron was getting fresh there would be some sort of physical entity to slap. [Daily Mail UK]
Ryan Gosling memes never get old — especially not on Equal Pay Day, a date symbolizing the extra days a woman will have to work in 2012 in order to earn, on average, the same amount as a male counterpart did in 2011. You know, that “equal pay for equal work” stuff that feminists are always blabbing about. You can learn all about the pay gap between men and women right here … but I’m warning you, it won’t be as easy on the eyes as The Gos. [The Daily Muse; Pay-Equity.org]