Rebel Wilson’s Transgender Joke Controversy

At the BAFTA’s, Rebel Wilson was invited to present the best supporting actor award. In addition to presenting the award, she presented a contentious joke about transgender people.

The comedian started the joke by jabbing at the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards this year.

“I have never been invited to the Oscars because, you know, they are racists.”

She then continued: “But the BAFTAs have diverse members. And that’s what we all want to see in life, isn’t it? Diverse members. One day I hope to return here to win a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgendered face.”

So, of course, social media went crazy about the joke, claiming the joke was completely out of line and insensitive to the trans community, who struggle each day to gain acceptance.

Others, defended Wilson, saying that the edgy joke is in line with her sense of humor. Many also believe that she was, in fact, making fun of how Hollywood keeps unfairly casting cis actors in trans roles, such as Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl and Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent.

What do you all think of her joke? Was it offensive and discriminatory? Or did it shed light on the real discrimination going on in Hollywood?

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Rebel Wilson’s Transgender Joke Controversy
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At the BAFTA’s, Rebel Wilson made a quite contentious joke about transgender people.
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