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Amazon’s new show Jack Ryan uses transphobic slur and people are mad

Amazon’s new show Jack Ryan uses transphobic slur and people are mad

a promotional shot of jack ryan. john krasinski stands looking over his shoulder with a determined look on his face there is an explosion happening behind him

A hugely anticipated new show on Amazon Prime has come under fire for using a transphobic slur just hours after its release.

Starring The Office’s (US) John Krasinki, Jack Ryan, tells the story of said CIA analyst. Ryan tracks a group of potential terrorists who they believe to be the ‘next Osama Bin Laden’.

The hunt for the terrorists is seen from many different perspectives including that of soldier Victor Polizzi. The soldier has become disillusioned with his role as missile launcher for US drones.

After a drunken night where he ends up assaulted and with a black eye, his colleague turns to ask him about it.

‘Did you accidentally pick up another tranny on Fremont St?’ his colleague asks. To which Polizzi replies with an adamant ‘no’.

Transphobia is never ok

The outcry came quickly on social media. Many Twitter users pointed out the offensive comment came just a day after two more trans women were murdered in the US. So far, 18 trans women have been murdered in 2018, 13 of which are women of color.

Eliel Cruz is the director of communications at the Anti Violence Project (AVP). The AVP is an organization which works. to end violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities.

He  told Gay Star News that ‘when we trivialize the violence trans women face, both in our language and in dismissing the realities of hate and pick up violence, we contribute to, and perpetuate, that violence’.

Cruz added: ‘While the reality is that cisgender people use trans slurs and pick up violence affects trans women, Jack Ryan had an opportunity to confront this reality with a teachable moment.’

‘Instead, writers decided to affirm the idea that there is something shameful about cisgender men being with a trans woman or that trans women are actually men.

‘This throwaway ‘joke’ is harmful in that it contributes to this culture of violence against trans people, especially trans women.’

Many people agreed and took to Twitter to show their disgust, with some vowing to either not watch the show or cancel their Amazon Prime subscription altogether.

Here are some of their reactions:


Gay Star News has reached out to Amazon for comment.