And people thought that Janet Mock being on the Colbert Report would lead to something OTHER than the same tired transphobia Colbert’s been spouting for years.
How do you function without understanding satire?
Like do you just sit down with the Onion every morning and complain about how twisted the world is?
I understand satire just fine. That’s the reason I believe that effective satire has to aim upward and be directed at the people who are in power, rather than just rehash the same tired old rhetoric, direct it at victimized people, and add “but it’s SATIRE, guys!” to the end of the sentence. This isn’t the first time Colbert has used trans women as punch lines and that’s the reason claiming satire as a justification rings false to me. It might be satiric but it’s very poorly done and saying something shitty isn’t magically erased when you add that it’s meant to be satire. It’s still a shitty thing to say.
Okay, so I’m going to break down this because it is directed upward:
Colbert is making a connection between transgender people and transformers, this is setting the platform for the joke. From this point onward in the joke we are supposed to consider all things to do with transformers in the frame of a transgender person too.
Telling a transformer, something literally named for its ability to be something else that it was “born” one thing and is therefore not the other is mocking the “whatever gender you’re born with is what you are, regardless of whether or not you feel yourself to be the other gender” argument made against transgender people
The joke here is how fucking ridiculous it is for people to claim that transgender people are their birth gender by comparing that argument to telling a transformer that they are solely a robot
It’s not saying “but come on guys, it’s just satire” it’s literally supporting the transgender community by saying that the opposition is fundamentally stupid