A production of Shrek The Musical in Canada must change its script after using the word ‘tranny’.
Ky Greyson, a trans man, walked out after the character of the Big Bad Wolf was called the transphobic slur after he wears a dress.
The line ‘tranny’ is repeated several times in the original cast recording and script of Shrek.
When Gay Star News spoke with the PR for the UK tour of Shrek The Musical, they said they never had an issue or a complaint with that part of the script. They also said they believed there were ‘no major script changes in the adaptation from the original Broadway production to the West End to the UK tour.’
‘It was really a good production, but I remember hearing the word used and the entire crowd bursting laughing and just my heart dropping,’ Greyson told CBC News, referring to his night out at Neptune Theatre In Halifax.
‘[There were] very dehumanizing jokes with regards to not conforming to gender roles and being a masculine person femininely.’
He added: ‘If we’re teaching kids in the audience that if this is to be mocked, this is to be ridiculed, we’re perpetuating self-hate in people who may be trans women or trans feminine people at a young age and also continuing this myth and misunderstanding of what trans people are.’
Greyson attempted to get in contact with the Neptune Theatre for weeks, but eventually he had the opportunity to explain why the word ‘tranny’ is so offensive to many.
In a statement, Neptune spokesperson Jennie King said: ‘We were upset to learn that one of our productions created a feeling of distress among members of the LGBTQ community in Halifax and changes were made immediately to remove content once we became aware of the situation.
‘Neptune has spoken and met with these members of the LGBTQ community to express our apologies and to learn from this experience.’