Okay, so I just got this review for Full of Grace, chapter 18:
“I like your stories and I think you’re a good writer, but I really despise the inclusion of the “Jerry Springer” jokes about gender and calling someone an ‘it’. Stuff like that, even included for the sake of comedy, always makes me wonder about the author and why they think it’s funny. It’s just unnecessary, especially when you consider the slurs and misgendering used against transgender women, who are often the victims of violent hate crimes. Obviously I can’t stop anyone from writing what they want to, but please consider how offensive this is to LGBT readers.” -Anonymous
I completely agree that there are awful crimes committed against transgendered people. However, the passage that this reader is referring to has nothing to do with a transgendered person. Anyone that has ever watched Jerry Springer knows that a good deal of his guests are white trash, hillbillies that look like they come from a very inbred, Hit Shot type family. That is what the passage was referencing, and not someone that is transgendered, transexual or anything like that.
I’m a little offended by this review and it’s assumption that I’m secretly in the business of supporting inflammatory humor against a community that fights so hard for equality. But since this person knows nothing about me, or my private life, he/she wouldn’t know that I have friends that are in drag shows or that I go to the Pride parade in Boystown, support gay marriage, or that I think gender isn’t always defined by the body we’re born into. I’ve done hair/makeup for one of my oldest friends when he goes out in drag. I love him dearly and never once have I judged him.
So to that reviewer, please don’t lecture me on things you don’t understand. Never, in a million years, would I ever write a story where hate crimes and gay bashing are acceptable, in any capacity. Frankly, you are the only person to draw that conclusion from the audience that’s read it and I have to winder about you as a person, since you were the only one to go there.
Ugh. Thanks for ruining my day, asshole.