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.

Julian Meehan

Young leaders from around the world are gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Saturday to address arguably the most urgent issue of our time. The Youth Climate Summit comes on the heels of an international strike spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, who arrived in New York via emissions-free sailboat earlier this month.

Translated from Swedish, "berg" means "mountain," so it may feel fated that a young woman with Viking blood in her veins and summit in her name would be at the helm. But let's go out on a limb and presume Thunberg, in keeping with most activists, would chafe at the notion of pre-ordained "destiny," and rightly so. Destiny is passive — it happens to you. It's also egomaniacal. Change, on the other hand, is active; you have to fight. And it is humble. "We need to get angry and understand what is at stake," Thunberg declared. "And then we need to transform that anger into action."

This new generation of activists' most pernicious enemy is denial. The people in charge — complacent politicians and corporation heads who grossly benefit from maintaining the status quo — are buffered from real-life consequences of climate change. But millions of people don't share that privilege. For them, climate change isn't an abstract concept, but a daily state of emergency, whether it comes in the form of "prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa…devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific…[or] heatwaves and wildfires," as Amnesty International reportsare all too real problems people are facing on a regular basis.

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"We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart," organizers say.

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"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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