Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Oh Boy

Uh, so this seems like a bad idea – right? There is a new movie in production called “Tomboy, a Revenger’s Tale” that “centers on an ace assassin who is double-crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as ‘The Doctor,’ who turns him into a woman. The hitman (now a hitwoman) sets out for revenge…” Now, it’s hard to fully judge given that all we have is a two-sentence synopsis right now, but who read those two sentences and said, “Yes!” in the first place? If I’m reading that right this is a film about a forced gender reassignment surgery and subsequent revenge fantasy. Like I was saying, this seems like a bad idea – right?

But what’s throwing me for the biggest loop about this movie is that it will star Michelle Rodriguez (as the assassin) and Sigourney Weaver (as the surgeon). I KNOW! Two of the female action biggest bad-asses in the world. Under almost any other circumstances I’d be thrilled that these two were going to star opposite one another. But this transgender sex reassignment as punishment that must be avenged hooey is, well, hooey.

GLAAD has already issues a statement saying as much. Why couldn’t this have just been a story about a trans hitwoman? Or a story about a tomboy assasin? Heck, even a revenge story about a wanted (though botched – à la “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) gender reassignment surgery would have been better. But this? Yeah, this seems like a bad idea. And that ain’t right.


SK said...

One of the stupidest bits about it is that it's specifically being billed as "transgender-themed" and a "Gender Reassignment Thriller". So not only was someone silly enough to do this thing in the first place, but they seem to think they're doing something correct.

Stephania said...

I strongly suggest anyone who isn't familiar with it to watch "Hit & Miss", a BBC six-episode series following a trans* woman (brilliantly played by Chloe Sevigny) a killer for hire that discovers she has a biological kid from a previous straight relationship... it's amazing and transidentity is beautifully represented! :)

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOO. This just seems SO NO.

Carmen SanDiego said...

Uuuuuuh, I don't even know what to say

Vale said...

Well, it doesn't sound like a particularly interesting idea, but I'm confused as to why it's such a BAD idea. I mean, the whole point is, as you've explicitly said, that it's FORCED sex reassignment surgery. That's the whole point. If this was about getting revenge for rape (forced sex), it would be like getting up in arms because it implies sex is bad. FORCED sex is bad. Sex in general isn't bad. Changing sex surgically isn't inherently bad but it's BAD when it's FORCED upon you. If it's something that you want/need then it's not bad.

I don't get it.