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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “the Tranny”

I lied. Apparently, I’m doing this today.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has a recurring trans character named Carmen. Despite some extremely problematic elements, she is, in my opinion, the best trans character in a comedy series that I’ve ever seen. Which is really sad, to be perfectly honest.

At the risk of coming off as a rapid fangirl desperately trying to defend one of her favorite shows, I’m going to say that whether or not the show, its writers, and creators, are transphobic and to what degree, is tricky. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, the 4-5 main characters are a group of extremely depraved, self-centered idiots, with absolutely no regard for anyone other than themselves. They aren’t really intended to be modelled after or celebrated in any way.

For instance, in one episode, Charlie pick up a black woman and takes her out on a date, for the sole purpose of proving to a girl he likes that he’s not racist. In another, the gang kidnaps a latin@ family and gives them an extreme home makeover/destroys their home and americanizes them with blonde wigs and blue contacts. They are meant to be the villains in their own story. (of course, there may be some actual racism within those episodes. I’m not really sure, and as I’m white, I don’t feel entitled to make that call).

That said, here’s a quick list of what I feel are the good and bad elements of the show’s depiction of trans people:

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The Good

  • Carmen is smart and beautiful
  • She usually has the upper hand
  • The most mean-spirited jokes are usually on the gang, rather than her. 
  • Some of the characters in the sixth season mostly seem to see her as a woman and a human being.
  • She is neither the pathetic trans woman stereotype nor the trans panic stereotype
  • She ends up marrying a really cute guy.
  • Then has a child through a surrogate with him
  • In the show’s strange fantasy world, hitting a trans woman is believed to be a hate crime. Even by random people on the street, apparently.
  • As the show goes on, it seems to get better about it.

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The Bad

  • The characters rarely refer to her by her name, opting to instead call her “the tranny”
  • the show constantly refers to and zooms in on her private parts.
  • Lots of disgusted looks are given to Mac when he dates her
  • It uses the word “tranny” 10 times in 4 episodes.
  • One of the episodes uses the word “tranny” in its description on Netflix

Below are transcripts from each of the episodes containing Carmen. If you feel I’m soft-balling the show, take a look at those, maybe watch those episode on Netflix for yourself, and let me know. But, only if you’re trans yourself. I really don’t feel cis people are really in a position to make that call and will likely ignore or mock you if you do.

Charlie Has Cancer

Mac is a Serial Killer

Mac Fights Gay Marriage

Dee Gives Birth