It doesn't matter if this "high-class" CW show thrives on misbehaving models who screech at each other or even wear diapers and announce they've wet themselves. It doesn't matter if CW dreams up "challenges" like forcing the models to do a photo shoot wearing a bikini made of meat. No one is allowed to speak in disparaging tones about the new frontier. Fox News and Us Magazine both knuckled under and apologized.
Overcoming "transphobia" is breaking out all over television. VH-1 has a new reality show called "I Want to Work for Diddy," the latest absurd series to massage the immense ego of hip-hop mogul Sean Combs. One of the contestants aspiring to be a Diddy servant is cross-dressing black man "Laverne," who was placed on the show so that other desperate contestants (including a slovenly white guy named Boris) can be mocked for their "transprejudice."
ABC has not one, but two dramas that celebrate sexual "reassignment" surgery. "Ugly Betty," another show set in the fashion industry, features the character "Alexis," who used to be Alex, implausibly played by the gorgeous supermodel Rebecca Romijn. On the show "Dirty, Sexy Money," a New York state attorney general played by Billy Baldwin sleeps with what ABC calls a "super sultry transgender mistress," played by a real-life transsexual who goes by the stage name Candis Cayne. "Her" real name was Brendan McDaniel, in case you're wondering.
When Cayne was interviewed on "Good Morning America" last fall, co-host Robin Roberts repeatedly praised the new role model: "You're extremely talented. You're well known here in New York with your cabaret act. I know you're hearing from a lot of young people who are just very appreciative that you've come forward." Only celebration of the revolution is allowed.
What's next? The San Francisco Chronicle reported the local "gender illusionist" club Asia SF is pitching its own reality show, "a series documenting the lives of 22 male-to-female transgender people as they master complex choreography, learn to move like biologically born women, and fight through often painful transitions."
In California, no one in television dares say, "stop the merry-go-round, I want to get off."