• Tue, Jul 30 2013

Famous Risqué Human Miley Cyrus Uses Transgender Slur To Describe ‘Weird’ Parties She Likes

Miley Cyrus tranny party

After tastelessly using Trayvon Martin‘s death to argue that she deserves the right to make blowjob gestures on television, Professional Cool And Risqué Person Miley Cyrus decided to offend yet another group of people in her continued effort to be professionally edgy. This time, it’s the transgender community!

While speaking to a reporter in Germany, Miley inquired, “Are there any good German trannies? Are there any good German tranny bars?” Just for clarification, she adds, “Tranny bars. Like guys as girls.” Why? Because she and her group ”want to go somewhere weird. We want to go to a weird-ass club.”

First of all, “guys as girls” isn’t even an accurate description of a male-to-female transgender person. They are not “guys as girls,” they are women who were born with male-sex bodies.

Second, the term “tranny” is considered a dehumanizing slur for a community of people who have long been unfairly bullied, criticized, generalized, fetishized, attacked and murdered. Don’t use it.

Third, a bar that is frequented by trans* people is not a “weird-ass club,” despite what Cyrus seems to believe. Wanna go to a “weird-ass club,” you childish dolt? Go to a club where being rich and famous lets you treat and discuss other people like they’re not people. To me, that is weird; though apparently, that’s the environment Cyrus frequents which facilitates her justification of behaving this way.

Fun fact: Trans* people are not cute little accessories or fun party decorations that add to the ambiance of your Saturday night or the blog posts of your vacation week. A key part of “trans* people” is “people,” because just as with “gay people” or “tall people” or “Jewish people” or “people who favor cerulean,” people are people with other descriptives attached.

Now, I don’t know whether or not Cyrus knew she was being offensive. Perhaps she has no idea. Perhaps she is one of the most ignorant people in Celebtown (right after Farrah Abraham, who had zero idea who Trayvon Martin is). But then, ignorance doesn’t excuse slurs or cruelty of any other kind; use of a word like “tranny” is still completely unacceptable. She is an adult, and therefore should know better.

Listen, Miley — I get that you want to be ~*so cool*~ by “casually” (i.e. obviously deliberately) mentioning things you suspect others will find “taboo” so you can look ultra transgressive, but every once in a while, when you think you have something revolutionary or radical to say, just…don’t. Please.

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  • AStewart

    All valid points, but I assumed she meant transvestites, not transgendered people. Then that would make sense in terms of “guys as girls” – tranny is common (if vulgar) slang for transvestites in the UK. It doesn’t excuse what she said, and I’ve not watched the clip, but that was my first thought when I read that she’d said that.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      I have a feeling she meant drag shows, but it still is inappropriate — especially since it seems she has no idea what she’s talking about. Plus, the term “transvestite” is considered derogatory to many people, as well.

    • AStewart

      I thought transvestite was the technical term (“someone who dresses in opposite clothes”) but you learn something new everyday!

    • Henry

      No, they only want to be shown in the best possible terms, including no references whatsoever to sodomy, HIV, gay bowel disease, WebMD’s claim that 1 in 5 gay men has HIV right now, or the new gay disease sweeping through California. Do not mention any of those things to stay on GLAAD’s good side, if you care about such things.

    • Devin

      every transwoman i know finds it offensive, so i would avoid using it.
      i mean, so many people who use it are transmisogynistic? just look at ru paul

    • Fabel

      Yeah, I’m positive she meant drag shows— which is infinitely better than wanting to go to a bar where queer & trans* people just hang out, for shits & giggles. But she still sounds like an ignorant ass.

  • Vanessa Vieira

    She’s horrible. Also, where are these blowjob gestures you speak of? I’ve been searching and I cannot find.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      She was discussing her ability to use blowjob gestures on MTV in her “We Can’t Stop” video, which was apparently censored for television!

    • Vanessa Vieira

      ooohhh. i thought she said the UK censored her video and put an X over her mouth when she did the ‘ol cunnilingus gesture. i guess they actually cut out a whole blowjob gesture part

    • http://www.bellasview.com/ Bella

      what I don’t get is, if you think she is such a horrible person why are you even searching for her video in the first place? To have someone to criticize and point your finger at? It’s because of people like you that she gains so much fame and makes so much money, and although I’m not a fan of hers I must say good for her for making the dime, she is pretty smart. And the people that truly are offended by her actions and just change the channel or go to a different page because they are truly annoyed good for them because they are not making Miley richer than she already is.

  • Cee

    Id like to add that no LGBT person is an accessory. This seems to happen to many members in the group, not just trans people.

    Im glad that some feminists are finally holding her accountable for her actions. It’s been tiring to watch the blind worship of this girl and making excuses for her because her hair cut goes against the norm and she smokes weed.

    • Tania

      “A gay best friend is the new handbag.” Yuck.

  • anna

    is tranny a slur? I did not know that. I dated a man who sometimes liked to be a women, and he called himself a tranny. We actually were in germany, but I never thought of us as “weird ass” in anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ella-Jay/698566973 Ella Jay

      it depends upon who’s saying it. if you are not LGBT, you are supposed to say ‘transgender’ but that means someone who is in the process of having the sex change procedure, or has done so. cross-dressers are men who dress like women. in the LBGT community, you can call them drag queens, but straight people are supposed to use proper, respectful terminology.

      one point being made here was that it sounded as if she wanted to go to a drag queen bar but doesn’t know the difference between dressing against sexual standards, and actually being born in a wrong body.

      i posit that had she gone to a drag queen bar, she would have been welcomed with open arms, because she is as weird and out-there as is humanly possible, and i imagine laughed-at by them privately: squeaky clean little white girl trying to be all … what was the word? transgressive? LOL.

      she would have thought she was looking at them under a glass, but in fact, it would’ve been reversed.

    • anna

      I try to make it a point not to spend my time with hateful people, so it makes sense I only heard it in a positive context. But thank you for your explanation, it had really never heard it as a slur. Glad to know in order for future talks.

    • Evan Dickinson

      Just shut the fark up. Stop claiming you are special and get to determine what words are used to describe everyone. Just shut the fark up.

      We can use whatever terminology we want. If some find tranny offensive they can go fark themselves. No one is required to use the terms that make you feel the best.

      And if you think anyone is born in the wrong body there is something else wrong with you. That claim is pure religious garbage, and it is a sick thing to say. Accept yourself for who you are. That includes the body you were born with (which is your body).

    • Devin

      being transgender has nothing to do with “bodies”. it’s identitying as a different gender than the one you were assigned at birth

    • Evan Dickinson

      Gender is just a stereotype. You are acting as if the stereotype is what truly matters. Truly, only the physical differences that have something to do with reproductive roles matter.

      And you know as well as I do that “transgenders” sometimes characterize themselves as being born in the wrong body or “having the wrong parts”.

      Stop elevating stereotypes up to the importance of reproductive roles. That is garbage.

    • Devin

      What the hell are you talking about. I am a trans person. I. am. trans. so don’t act like I don’t know what I’m talking about.

      I wasn’t born in the wrong body, I had a gender that wasnt mine forced upon me because of my body. There is a huge difference between the two

    • Evan Dickinson

      Genders belong to nobody. Stop implying that they do and that you just had the wrong one.

    • Devin

      I’m not saying I have the wrong gender? My gender is my own gender it is the right one.
      I’m saying people wrongfully assumed that I was a girl, when in fact I am not, never was, and never will be

    • Evan Dickinson

      If you have female DNA you were a girl. The DNA difference is the only important one.

      Talking about some mindset or some state of being that is arbitrarily contrived or defined is stupid. The only important difference deserving of different words (such as “boy” or “girl”) is the reproductive role.

    • Devin

      if the person you were dating was a transwoman, she gets to use it as much as she likes. it’s funny how you argue “tr*nny” isn’t a slur and continue to misgender transwomen

    • anna

      I was asking if it was, and he wasn’t a trans-woman, he was a man who sometimes liked to be a woman. He still liked to be a man while working, raising his son, dealing with family and friends. He did not label himself a trans-woman, but as a transvestite or a semi trans gender. or a number of other terms.
      And I was asking, not arguing, as I had genuinely never heard that term in a negative light, so now I know.

    • Devin

      Okay, I do not know your friend so I can’t say what their gender is. I shouldn’t assumed that seeing as they could well be nonbinary or genderfluid?
      But if your friend is a transwoman and identifies as woman, she may be pretending to be a man because if she revealed she is trans she could face transmisogny
      I’m glad you’re trying to learn more about trans issues but as of right now you don’t seem to know a lot… i really do encourage you to talk to your friend about gender so you can avoid possibly misgendering them!

    • sabrina

      Uh, she said he wasn’t a trans woman, so it seems you’re misgendering/gender neutering him.

    • LGBTQ advocate

      Stop projecting your experiences onto his/her experiences. Just because your labeling yourself as a trans person doesn’t mean they are. You’re doing trans people a huge disservice by trying to mislabel them for your own needs.

    • Devin

      I know that, and I acknowledged that i was wrong in assuming the friend was a transwoman.
      But seeing as cis is “default” i don’t really see how it would hurt anyone if anna was to talk to their friend to avoid misgendering them? please correct me if i’m wrong

    • genfluid

      It sounds like she did talk to them, as HE is obviously open and willing to share this with his partner. It sounds like you are the one misgendering.

    • anna

      Hey guys, Devin just is trying to be help, I do not think he meant any harm.
      But in regards to my partner:
      He isn’t a trans-woman, he’s a man, and he was my boyfriend, not my friend. He liked to be a woman sometimes, and wanted his pronouns to reflect who he was right then, but he mostly identified as male. I suppose the English translation would be equivalent to gender fluid but he identifies as zweideutig, which I would not think you would know.
      In 5 years together we have had multiple talks about gender. I know a lot about trans issues in my country, but not so much American trans issues or specifically trans issues with regards to the English language. You would think they would be similar, but our climate is much less trans-phobic than the rest of the world. To me it’s shocking how much hate trans people receive, I had heard about the violence in America growing up but never really believed it until visiting America.

    • Devin

      Okay, I didn’t know the back story and now that I do i am really relieved. It’s just that I am so used to dealing with transphobia and cissexism that, I automatically assumed the worse
      If I see someone using a slur I am not going to assume they are simply unaware of the cultural complex, and are in fact aware of trans issues where they come from. I’m going to assume that they are transphobic
      That being said Anna, I’m really surprisingly pleased with the way you handled this and I’m sorry if it came across like I was attacking you. I’m just a little defensive, you know

    • anna

      Of course! That’s why I knew you were being defensive. Language barriers often get in the way, I speak fluent english but german meaning is often more blunt so some of the fault may have been mine. t
      That said, I consider myself to be an ally to all LGBTQ persons and am honored you didn’t write me off. I hope the climate in other parts of the world/in your climate is soon changed for the better, it’s a tragedy that you still face hatred

    • anna

      Also, thank you for educating me! I always want to know how to be an ally, but also just a basic good human. Sometimes words get lost in translation but sometimes the PC term just never makes it over here. I remember within the past few years an elderly aunt using the “n” word while trying to speak with english. I corrected her, but that was just an example of how english is sometimes never updated. If you are ever in Berlin I promise you a warmer (in friendship, at least! In weather, not so much) climate and lots of fun for all.

    • Effy Silva

      As a gender fluid individual, I must say, people are always labeling me as a trans woman or trans man, and I am neither. I am highly offended you would imply this person is in the closet. I am both male and female. It is the equivalent of being told as a child I would “grow out of” being gay. Being gender fluid is not a stepping stone on the way to being a trans person, it is a distinct gender identity that matters, and just because YOU’RE a trans person doesn’t mean you can decide you know more than Anna or her partner about his gender identity, or about trans issues in her language or country.
      You are coming off as gender fluid phobic and as a know it all.

    • Devin

      I am genderfluid as well, i identify as both male and agender. I shouldn’t have assumed the “friend” in question was a transwoman as I do not know them and most likely never will. It was just that the comment “I dated a man who sometimes liked to be a women” came off to me as transmigoynyst? Like saying “she wanted to be a woman but hes REALLY a man” and i realize now that’s not what Anna meant.
      But seeing as she still assumes her friend is ass i think she should talk to them about gender… there is really no harm at all in asking someone’s preferred pronouns.
      Sorry to anyone i might have offended!

  • shakira

    tranny is defintley not a slur, or at least not to any of the transvestites i know. I seriously have never heard that. It can be used derogatorily, but the word itself is not a slur

    • happy1ga

      I got sent a link to this article from a black transsexual friend. It said, “Some little white girl has a big old bug up her a$$ trying to defend me from another little white girl. I’ll just bet an angel got himself a new pair of wings in the hereafter, haha.”
      Miley Cyrus evidently not a thing that does anything past amusing him, apparently.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Yeah, first of all, I’m not white. Secondly, everyone is entitled to their own opinions; I’m not defending her specifically, so on the bright side, she’ll be a-okay!

    • Devin

      it’s a word used to oppress transwomen, and transwomen only. if youre a transwoman you don’t get to use it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ella-Jay/698566973 Ella Jay

    the most obvious thing about miley cyrus is that she has daddy issues. and i say that in the most amateur-psychologist way possible. she clearly believes that her value is tied up only in her body, particularly the below-the-waist part. therefore she defines other people in the same way, quite effectively marginalizing them (and herself).

    it’s not that she doesn’t care, per se. it is that she doesn’t know, and if you don’t know, how can you care? she doesn’t really understand the depths of human value and values.

    i am annoyed at seeing her everywhere, but also what i see here is a young britney, lindsay, amanda … a young woman whom everyone is watching slide off the rails, with a mixture of schadenfreud and disdain. where do we think she will be in 5 years? a not-very-fond memory? a tragic cautionary tale? i don’t know, but wherever it is, i seriously doubt that her mother and dad will notice.

  • Henry

    Spin, spin
    Spin that sin

  • Devin

    Is the writer of this article a transwoman? If not they shouldn’t use the uncensored version of the slur, ever