I am a frequent reader of Atlanta blogger Michelle Brown’s “StraightFromtheA.com.” It’s always good for a kiki about ATL. Thus, I was surprised to come across one of her latest “Boo’d Up” posts. These posts usually highlight current and rumored ATL celebs and socialites who are/may be in a relationship.
Today, Brown posted news of producer Jazzy Pha’s (most famous for his work with R&B/Pop singer Ciara) current ‘“lady’ love.” The quotes around “lady” are Brown’s own. And while the gossip is no different from the celebrity talk that fills the internet minute to minute, as Brown mentions, Pha’s love interest Shayla Stacks (Brown refers to Stacks as “Mr. Shayla Stacks) is a “pre-op transexual.”
One would think that a person of color on the pulse of pop culture would know why trans* men and women, especially those of color, should be affirmed and not punch lines to draw laughs from people who may well be more insensitive about Stacks’s identity than Brown.
Brown goes on to explain what “PRE-OP” means:
For those of you who don’t know “Pre-Op” means that Shayla still has her man meat intact…
Good, right? But not so much. She goes on to use another woman who is rumored to be trans*—VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Joseline Hernandez—as a punch line.
After complimenting Stacks’s “man-made lady parts” and calling her body “da bizzness,” Brown reminds us that “she/he’s got a hidden surprise below the belt.”
The blogger used a convenient either/or to land yet another punchline about Stacks and Pha (who “loves him some him”). Then, exclaims, “Isn’t love beautiful!”
Well, love can be beautiful when it’s not wrapped in transphobia. This “Boo’d Up” post shows no love to trans* women of color. Is it too much to ask that a woman of color know why joking about black trans* women is dangerous?