February 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Trans slur on ‘Mike and Molly’
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LOS ANGELES – The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Tuesday criticized a segment of the CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly” that contained what it described as trans-phobic language.

The show’s main character, Mike, described “the shemale incident of ‘08” in an exchange with his best friend, Carl.

GLAAD said on Wednesday it spoke with a CBS executive “who is discussing the issues directly with the show.” The network has also agreed to meet with the media watchdog’s staffers to “discuss the offensive scene” and other incidents on CBS programs over the last year “that increasingly add up to a disturbing trend.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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