After Criticism from GLAAD, Ticked-Off Trannies Director Promises Change
Movieline just heard from Israel Luna, the director of the suddenly-hot Tribeca fest entry Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives, a "transploitation" revenge thriller attacked by GLAAD last week. Said the organization then: "The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face." Luna took issue with that description, though as he told Movieline today, the criticism has convinced him to change the film's trailer:
I was prompted to write this movie in part by the hate crimes against the trans community; which is why the tragic stories of Angie Zapata and Jorge Mercado appear at the beginning of my trailer. My initial thought of placing them there was to give a disturbing reality to my film about transgender violence.
After listening to some of the voices in the trans-community I've decided to remove those references from the trailer. I plan to post a new trailer later this week (Facebook, YouTube and and our movie website.) It seems that the association between their brutal stories and the revenge/thriller content of the film in it's entirety, has been difficult to connect.
Even with this change, I hope the trailer will continue to raise awareness of the horrible truth of rampant violence against trans-women.
Here's the original version of the trailer: