The New Rocky Horror Picture Show Has A Trailer

Now you can celebrate greater trans visibility with an American camp classic

We’re in the middle of a very exciting time in Hollywood. Yes, we hear a lot about embarrassing yellowfacing and brownfacing and general insensitivity when it comes to casting decisions, but the good news is we are hearing about it. Media watchers and consumers are no longer content to say visibility on its own is enough for minority characters and performers, and the demand for accurate representation of all people present on screen is getting louder all the time.

So, when you watch the new trailer for Fox’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, try not to think of it strictly as a network cashing in on a legacy brand. Instead, take a moment to appreciate that the sweet transsexual from Transylvania (1975 terminology) will now be played by an actual transgender woman (2016 terminology) in Laverne Cox, and this comes just days after a show called Doubt was ordered by CBS that will feature Cox playing a series regular trans character.

The issue of trans performers playing trans characters started getting a lot more attention towards the end of last year when movies like The Danish Girl and About Ray were premiering at film festivals. Both movies featured transgender lead characters embodied by cisgender performers, and people started asking if transgender roles should belong exclusively to members of that community.

In a New York Times article called “Who Gets to Play the Transgender Part?” from last September, a Glaad representative named Nick Adams said, “In certain circumstances, a non-trans person can play a trans character if they do their homework and learn from trans people, as Jeffrey Tambor did.” But in the same story, Tangerine director Sean Baker, whose movie features a trans lead character played by a trans actress, told the Times, “At this moment in time, especially, I think this industry has a responsibility to put trans actors in trans roles… To not do it seems very wrong in my eyes. There is plenty of trans talent out there.”

Tambor has been unanimously praised for his turn as a trans woman in the Amazon series Transparent, and before Eddie Redmayne got his Oscar nod for The Danish Girl Jared Leto took a little gold man home for his turn as a trans AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. So, Adams’ point about cis actors being able to effectively playing trans seems to be true, but so is Bakers’ assertion that there is an untapped pool of trans talent out there waiting to fill gender appropriate roles.

The question “Who gets to play transgender?” does not have one tidy answer, and right now the important thing is to keep asking the question. In the meantime, Cox continues to rewrite the representation rulebook in Hollywood, and come Halloween we’ll get the chance to see her strutting her stuff as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the mad scientist who launched a million midnight screenings 41 years ago. Those are big heels to fill, but we suspect she’s up to the task.

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The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

So for those with hearing loss, the chances of coming into contact with someone who uses the language are rare. Especially outside of the deaf community.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.

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The future generations will have to live on this Earth for years to come, and, not surprisingly, they're very concerned about the fate of our planet. We've seen a rise in youth activists, such as Greta Thunberg, who are raising awareness for climate change. A recent survey indicates that those efforts are working, as more and more Americans (especially young Americans) feel concerned about climate change.

A new CBS News poll found that 70% of Americans between 18 and 29 feel climate change is a crisis or a serious problem, while 58% of Americans over the age of 65 share those beliefs. Additionally, younger generations are more likely to feel like it's their personal responsibility to address climate change, as well as think that transitioning to 100% renewable energy is viable. Overall, 25% of Americans feel that climate change is a "crisis," and 35% feel it is a "serious problem." 10% of Americans said they think climate change is a minor problem, and 16% of Americans feel it is not a problem that worries them.

The poll found that concern for the environment isn't a partisan issue – or at least when it comes to younger generations. Two-thirds of Republicans under the age of 45 feel that addressing climate change is their duty, sentiments shared by only 38% of Republicans over the age of 45.

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