Whether you need a trans character to teach someone about masculinity or just to make your audience feel weird about genitalia, Trannybot 5000 is the answer to all of your casting needs!
No, that’s not just a needlessly offensive advertising tagline, it’s the satirical salespitch for Trannybot 5000, a low-fi film short recently released by trans filmmaker April Anderson. With a $10 budget and some help from the Trans Oral History Project, Anderson made the NSFW and potentially offensive video as a response to how trans women are portrayed in popular culture by cisgender actors and creators (that is, by people whose gender and sex-at-birth are the same).
“In an ideal world, real-life trans women would always play roles based upon them,” says the announcer inTrannybot 5000. “However, in our world, trans women are weird, and often have ideas that complicate a shoot.”
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Wry Ann Duchane first came to Internet Comic Prominence with the strip Hound’s Home, a long-running strip about George Glass, his two cats he taught to talk, and a talking, hyper-intelligent monkey. The strip went from being about the trials and tribulations of high school to the destruction of California at the hands of Jay Leno. Wry Ann’s new strip is Mr. Normal, a satirical look at college, culture and jokes about video games.
“I’m in here.” – Hal Incandenza
Trans is quite possibly Neil Young‘s strangest album, and one of the hardest to find; it’s one of the few Neil Young albums that’s out of print in the US. On Trans, Neil Young explored synthesizers and vocoders rather than the expected straight-forward guitar sounds he’d been using. To placate his record company, the first and last songs (“Little Thing Called Love” and “Like an Inca”) are in the “standard” Neil Young style — the rest of the album, not so much. One of the tracks (“Mr. Soul“) is an old Buffalo Springfield song drastically re-arranged. This should have given people a hint for the tour promoting the album; when angry fans would shout out for his old songs, he’d play them… in the Trans style. (I’d love to hear some of this stuff, actually!) Some cuts from Trans can be found in Neil Young’s second feature motion picture, Human Highway — one or two of the songs can be heard coming out of car stereos.