Hollywood is always reminding us of its rosy vision of the future where there are absolutely no limits to sexual adventurism and gender confusion. Seldom is heard a discouraging word about the next new frontier of tolerance. "If it feels good, do it" isn't merely a T-shirt slogan. In California, it should become the state motto, and might soon sound like a new pledge of allegiance -- one utopia, casting aside any moral compass, finding liberty and justice in applauding every perversion.
On television, it's become almost blase to place a reality show in the fashion world that merely features gay men with pink hair and cross-dressing judges. The CW network show "America's Next Top Model" has now gone through 10 seasons of "top models." So to freshen up the concept, hostess Tyra Banks announced that for the fall season, one of the girls will be a man -- or, to use the politically correct term, a "transgender."
The contestant's name will be "Isis," even though websites whisper "her" real name is Darrell. "Her" preferred terminology is "a woman born physically male." This met with applause from the political correctness police. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation hailed the move as "an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television." The entertainment media followed along, like little pooches in GLAAD's purse.
Us magazine is treating "Isis" like some sort of courageous pioneer for civil rights, as if she was the Martin Luther King of cross-dressing, or perhaps the new Rosa Parks of castration. (The "girl" still has male genitalia.) They asked, "Will she be a role model?" The contestant would only promise: "I like to help people, but I'm here to follow my dreams."
When one news channel started to giggle at the Isis gambit, GLAAD broke out its ruler and slapped them on the knuckles for "using dehumanizing terminology, inaccurate and inappropriate pronouns and offensive references to her anatomy." That means you're not allowed to use "inaccurate" male pronouns (reality be damned), and you're not allowed to note "she" still is all man under there. Some facts are "defamation," apparently.
Fox News interviewed Us magazine editor Ian Drew -- a gay man -- to discuss the show. Drew cattily proclaimed, "We call it America's Next Top Tranny' a lot of the time anyway. She doesn't look a lot different than any of the other contestants that have been on there. I mean, they're not exactly like the most high-class group of women usually." Fox anchor Gregg Jarrett laughed and said, "You're gonna get a phone call." Exactly.