What is it with this Letterman cat? Offends everyone. From Palin to Simpson.
Amanda Simpson, that is.
(I guess he's a comedian.)
On last night's monologue, he had a brief reference to Amanda Simpson, the Obama appointee who is the first transgender appointed by a sitting OR standing president, etc.
And so...well, let Dave tell the joke, then find out about the fallout...
OK, that was it. No big deal. I thought it was kinda funny. But then, I'm not transgender either. Well, an uproar has ensued!
Here are key passages from the letter from the Human Rights Campaign to Dave...(HRC? They're a major DC human rights group. This is not some little aggrieved group, looking for free tickets.) It's signed Allyson Robinson, Associate Director of Diversity for Transgender Issues.
"...You may not be aware that the punch line in your skit has been used as a defense in nearly every hate crime perpetrated against transgender people that has come to trial. For example, the “trans panic” defense was infamously used by Allen Ray Andrade, who was convicted in 2009 of beating 19-year-old Angie Zapata to death with a fire extinguisher after learning of her gender history. According to media reports, it has also been the main defense employed by Juan A. Martinez for the killing of Jorge Steven López Mercado, 19, in Puerto Rico last November.
"... Your skit affirmed and encouraged a prejudice against transgender Americans that keeps many from finding jobs, housing, and enjoying freedoms you and your writers take for granted every day. We ask that you apologize publicly to Ms. Simpson and the transgender community for this unfortunate episode."
(Note to reader: I doubt very much Dave is gonna apologize for this one. Kalter? That's another story...)