Chris Critiques: CBS and Mike & Molly

Mike & Molly

Critique and graphic by: Chris Talbot-Heindl

Yesterday was Transgender Day of Rememberance, a day to honor and remember victims (reported and unreported) of anti-trans hatred and violence who have been murdered in the past year. It’s also a day to spread information about transgender people in an attempt to combat the bullying, discrimination, and violence that people in the community face every day.

As you may remember from my critique Cisgendered Crybabies last week, there is a lot of misinformation out there leading to some to feel justified in offering protection to or justified in beating and murdering transgender people.

Transgender people to the larger community are at best, a joke, according to a disgusting display by CBS in their show Mike & Molly.

On February 11, in an episode entitled “The Pricess and the Troll,” Mike talks to Carl about Carl’s past exploits and how he hasn’t been trolling “since the shemale incident of ’08. You spent the whole night crying and gargling!” as Mike explains it. There are two offenses in this “joke,” first is the use of the derogatory term “shemale” and the second is that hitting on and finding out someone’s gender identity is a disgusting thing deserving of crying and cleaning out one’s mouth.

They of course, came under flak for this scene and were petitioned by different transgender rights groups. CBS officials actually met with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and GLAAD kindly explained how the depictions, and further use of defaming language (Molly used the word “tranny,” which is also offensive) might harm the transgender community.

So what kind of response did CBS and Mike & Molly make next? In the second episode of the new season (keep in mind with these times, each episode is only 20 minutes long):

  • 6:34: In the Police Station locker room, Carl speaks of his and Mike’s close friendship. Mike says, “I don’t think this is the conversation we should be having near the shower.”
  • 6: 38: Carl responds, “Don’t be homophobic, alright? A man can love another man without having to drop the soap.”
  • 8:18: Friend of Molly’s, “Does this make us accomplices, because I’m too pretty for prison. Those girls will eat me for dinner.” Other friend, “Literally.”
  • 13:06: Woman at the counter of a restaurant buys a milkshake for Carl. Molly: “Good for you, she’s gorgeous.” Mike: “You mean HE’S gorgeous.” Laugh track. Molly: [unbelieving] “No!” Waiter: “Yes. Every inch of him.” Carl: “I told you nothing happened.” Carl: “It’s a classic case of he said, he said.” Laugh track.
  • 13:56: Molly questions the woman: “How do you hide it?” Lucette: “Well, there’s a lot of tucking and a lot of tape.”
  • 14:09: Molly talks into a recorder, “Movie ideas: a street savvy cop falls in love with a beautiful, cross dressing informant. Ooh. An officer and his gentleman.”
  • 14:19: Carl “defends” himself. “It was one kiss and it was New Year’s Eve.” Waiter: “I assume the kissing stopped when the ball dropped.” Laugh track.

I sat through that whole piece of garbage to get those quotes. Honestly, I was waiting for that 80’s-style end of the episode take-back. You know, the one where everyone learns an epic lesson and they take back every ignorant, bigoted, piece of shit thing they said throughout the episode. But that moment never came.

Here are some facts. In 2012, 53% of LGBTQ victims of murder were transgender women. In 2013, CeCe Acoff of Clevelend and Diamond Williams of Philadelphia were first brutally murdered and then in death, the media in the coverage of their murders and identities harassed them. 73% of victims of LGBTQ murder were people of color.

Well this is what Transgender Day of Rememberance is about, CBS and Mike & Molly. We honor all the transgender people murdered in the last year:

  • Fernanda Queiroz, beaten to death, body burned in Brazil, November 21, 2012
  • Yeison Ramirez Acosta (age: 22) multiple stab wounds in Colombia, December 2012
  • Dicky Othman, hands and legs bound, mouth stuffed in Malaysia, December 4, 2012
  • Renato Espinosa Reyes (age: 23) multiple gunshot wounds in Mexico, December 5, 2012
  • Gunce Hatun, stabbed to death in Turkey, December 12, 2012
  • Dalvalei Jose Alves Pereira (age: 37) beheaded and burned with partner in Brazil, December 24, 2012
  • Camila, beheaded and burned with partner in Brazil, December 24, 2012
  • Evon Young (age: 22) tied, beaten, choked, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster in Wisconsin, USA, January 1, 2013
  • Nicole Galisteu (age: 20) gunshot in Brazil, January 8, 2013
  • Daniel Mendoza Ricardo Macias (age: 23) multiple stab wounds in Mexico, January 9, 2013
  • “Tiffany” Wesley Holder (age: 19) multiple stab wounds in Guyana, January 11, 2013
  • Unknown woman stoned and stabbed in Brazil, January 24, 2013
  • Karen, multiple stab wounds and beheading in Mexico, January 28, 2013
  • Naomi Estrada (age: 19) two gunshots to the head and chest in Mexico, February 1, 2013
  • Palmira Garcia (age: 37) tortured and scalped in Venezuela, February 5, 2013
  • Mônica Lewinski (age: 38) gunshot wound to the head in Brazil, February 8, 2013
  • Joelma gunshot wound in Brazil, February 9, 2013
  • Unknown woman multiple gunshot wounds in Brazil, February 24, 2013
  • Unknown woman multiple stab wounds in Brazil, February 24, 2013
  • Stephanie (age: 33) beaten and strangled to death in Brazil, March 3, 2013
  • Adán Amilcar Iglesias (age: 20) four gunshot wounds to the head in Honduras, March 4, 2013
  • Cemia “CeCe” Dove (age: 23) multiple stab wounds and drown in Ohio, USA, March 27, 2013
  • Kelly Young, gunshot wound in Maryland, USA, April 3, 2013
  • Angel Francisco Martinez Gonzalez beaten and shot in the head in Mexico, April 11, 2013
  • Ashley Sinclair beaten and shot in the head in Florida, USA, April 11, 2013
  • Rosa Fernando Domingues (age: 36) stabbed to death in Brazil, May 11, 2013
  • Unknown woman gunshot to the head in Brazil, May 11, 2013
  • Jorge Luciano Soares De Oliveira (age: 38) blow to the head in Brazil, May 12, 2013
  • Fábio da Conceição Machado (age: 26) stoned to death in Brazil, May 15, 2013
  • Ronald Feitosa Souza (age: 26) beaten to death in Brazil, May 23, 2013
  • Fatima Woods (age: 53) stabbed twice in New York, USA, May 30, 2013
  • Unknown child (age: 13) hung to death in Brazil, June 8, 2013
  • Otávio Nascimento Valadares (age: 20), shot in the head in Brazil, June 12, 2013
  • Unknown woman shot in the head in Brazil, June 25, 2013
  • Unknown woman, found floating in a gully, Texas, USA, July 7, 2013
  • Dora Oezer (age: 24) stabbed to death in Turkey, July 9, 2013
  • Jock Maurice McKinney (aka Valarie), single gunshot in Louisiana, July 12, 2013
  • Diamond Williams (age: 31) dismembered, Pennsylvania, USA, July 14, 2013
  • Natália Sotero (age: 20), shot to death in Brazil, July 17, 2013
  • Rafael de Silva Tavares (age: 21) shot to death in Brazil, July 19, 2013
  • Dwayne Jones (age: 16) beaten, stabbed, shot, and run over by a car in Jamaica, July 22, 2013
  • Mylene (age: 42) bludgeoned to death with a hammer in France, July 24, 2013
  • Gaye, strangled to death in Turkey, July 29, 2013
  • Valeria (age: 30) beaten to death with sticks in Brazil, August 1, 2013
  • Unknown woman stoned to death in Brazil, August 11, 2013
  • Islan Nettles (age: 21) blunt force trauma in New York, USA, August 17, 2013
  • Joales dos Santos (age: 22) gunshot at close range in Brazil, August 18, 2013
  • Domonique Newburn (age: 31) multiple stab wounds in California, USA, August 20, 2013
  • Wagner Paula Rodrigues (age: 42) stoned to death in Brazil, August 24, 2013
  • Unknown woman thrown under a truck in Brazil, August 28, 2013
  • Artegus Konyale Madden (age: 37) gunshot wound in Texas, USA, September 1, 2013
  • Unknown woman (age: 21) stoned, shot, and beaten to death in Brazil, September 5, 2013
  • Terry Golston, gunshot, Louisiana, USA, September 6, 2013
  • Unknown woman, gunshot in Brazil, September 6, 2013
  • Unknown woman, stabbed, body dumped in Brazil, September 9, 2013
  • Melony Smith (age: 28) beaten to death, California, USA, September 9, 2013
  • “Maiara” Castro Da Silva (age: 23) unknown cause, body dumped, in advanced state of decomposition in Brazil, September 9, 2013
  • Unknown woman, multiple gunshot wounds in Brazil, September 10, 2013
  • Unknown woman (age: 18) gunshot in Brazil, September 11, 2013
  • Hilary Molina Mendiola, thrown naked from a bridge in Mexico, September 22, 2013
  • Eyricka Morgan (age: 26) stabbed to death in New Jersey, USA, September 24, 2013
  • Unknown woman, 4 gunshot wounds in Brazil, September 24, 2013
  • Brunete Nascimento Chagas (age: 22) head trauma, beaten with sticks in Brazil, October 6, 2013
  • Natascha (age: 27) gunshot wound in Brazil, October 10, 2013
  • S. Athiswaran (age: 31) multiple stab wounds, face covered with plastic, Malaysia, October 13, 2013
  • Unknown woman, strangled in Brazil, October 14, 2013
  • Unknown woman, stabbed to death in Brazil, October 18, 2013
  • Unknown woman, gunshot wound in Brazil, October 23, 2013
  • Unknown woman, gunshot wound to head and chest, Brazil, October 25, 2013
  • Unknown woman, unknown cause, body dumped, Michigan, USA, November 8, 2013
  • Amari White (age: 22) multiple gunshot wounds, Virginia, USA, November 9, 2013

Is that funny CBS? Is that what jokes are made of Mike & Molly writers, Mark Roberts, Billy Gardell, and Melissa McCarthy? I hope on this day after Transgender Day of Remembrance, you are feeling like the assholes you are, because that is all you are to me.