I'm going to warn folks up front that this might become a bit ranty, so those who don't do well with righteous indignation might want to skip out right now. The ABC network has recently rolled out a comedy called "Work It." The premise is that in the tough economy two straight men dress as women in order to land sales job at a company that was only looking for women.
Skipping past the fact that a company of any size which flat out tells an applicant that they won't be hired because of their gender would be sued into oblivion there's still plenty to hate. I take quite a few issues with this thing for what are probably going to be fairly obvious reasons. It falls into the exact same offensive pitfalls that nearly every "crossdressing comedy" falls into.
First it enforces the stance in pop culture that men dressed as women is something to laugh at. Of course they always take straight men and come up with some ridiculous circumstances that require them to cross dress. Because no rational man would ever put on a dress unless there were dire circumstances. Then there's all the cliches of learning make-up, how to walk, leg shaving, etc, etc and these aren't so much offensive as just horribly tired.
Now to be fair I haven't actually watched a full episode. I'm not that masochistic. To try and give this thing as fair a shake as I could stomach I did watch all of the preview clips that ABC made available. Supposedly these clips are the best stuff, the stuff that is supposed to make viewers want to see more. I'm sorry but if that's as good as it gets I'm NEVER going to sit through an episode of this.
From what I saw I actually think this might be more insulting to woman than to people of a transgendered persuation. I say this because it makes women look like the biggest idiots on the planet. There are plenty of dressers out there who are passable, however these two most definitely are not. I understand them making bad women is supposed to be funny. But not only is it not funny it makes all of the women around them who are fooled by this pathetic charade look mentally challenged.
I can only hope that the rating tank so badly that this show is pulled before the end of the spring season. Let it die quickly and quietly so I don't have to waste any more energy being angry about this shit.