Amazon Prime’s new series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is facing criticism for using a transphobic slur.
In one episode, a character jokingly asks another character how he got a black eye.
“Did you accidentally pick up another tr*nny on Fremont Street?” the character says.
The slur was slammed by Eliel Cruz, NYC Anti-Violence Project communications director, on Twitter. Cruz also made reference to the murders of trans women Dejanay L. Stanton and Vontashia Bell.
“This shit is repulsive @jackryanamazon. Trans women die from pick up violence. This isn’t funny. This is real life,” Cruz tweeted.
— Eliel Cruz (@elielcruz) September 1, 2018
Other people soon followed suit and called out the show on Twitter.
I’m a trans man & I was so excited for this show. This part came on & I wanted to cry I can’t watch it anymore cause of this line. Trans people are attacked everyday for just existing & the use of this slur advocates for that kind of treatment especially towards trans women
— august ⚣ (@boytoy_tae) September 2, 2018
The “joke” is that he wasn’t able to beat up a transwoman. Not only does this normalize violence against trans people, it reinforces the toxic notion that transwoman merely existing represent an existential threat to the fragile masculine identity of cis men.
— No Ice Please PDX (@1plus2arrows) September 1, 2018
It’s funny because he became violent when realising he was with a trans women, forcing her to try and defend herself. Hopefully he didn’t murder her. What a funny joke this is.
— Regular Robyn (@WriteyFolks) September 1, 2018
Some viewers specifically addressed John Kransinki who stars as the title character and serves as executive producer on the series.
Hey @johnkrasinski wanna comment on this since you’re the face of this show that uses transphobic language and implies violence against a trans person?
— Ingrid Ostby (@ingridostby) September 1, 2018
I’d also like to know, @johnkrasinski. You’re an EP on the show too, so it’s not like you can claim to just be the talent.
— Luca Beale (@brewstronomy) September 1, 2018
Both Amazon and Krasinski have not commented on the controversy.