Katie Couric Angers Trans (A teachable moment)
I didn’t see this because I don’t watch Katie Couric, so I’m just going by what I’m reading in the link. Couric of the privileged multi-million dollar, overpaid, tired news person variety had trans women, Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox, on her show and evidently Couric’s focus was more about their genitalia, which included what many are referring to as “invasive” questions.
An online firestorm erupted as a result almost immediately and this is how Katie Couric responded.
“When I asked [Carrera] about any anatomical changes that had taken place during her transition, she balked, and so did some of you,” said Couric in this week’s “Follow Up Friday” segment. “Now, even if some thought my question was off base, I wanted to make sure my question — and Carmen’s answer —stayed in the show as a teachable moment for me, as well as our viewers. I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation with Carmen and Laverne Cox, who are both terrific, about the myriad of struggles that this often maligned, marginalized and misunderstood community faces.”
Now that’s what I call great damage control and master spin technique…”a teachable moment.” Ha! You can read more here, and see a clip where Couric defends her approach…you know, because she cares so much.
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