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Jill Soloway on hiring a trans writer for season 2 of ‘Transparent’
transparent is not a perfect show, but i thought that it was really poignant and insightful, and i’ve loved jill soloway for how she seems to be like, addressing her shit in public. right before season one was released i heard her npr interview where she basically said, re: casting jeffrey tambor: i might not have done that if i had known what i know now. she explained the choice by saying how much he reminds her of her own parent. but she didn’t try to like, defend or excuse it. she contextualized it without thinking that gave it some kind of moral weight of its own (like jenji kohan seems to, qtd. in this article).
it feels to me like one of the most important things an artist can do is be open to evolving. like there is definitely something more seductive about work that says, “here is what i can do from where i am at, and if you pay attention you will be rewarded with an unpredictable future,” than work that says “here is the right answer according to me.”
in that same npr interview, soloway talked about recognizing, in the wake of criticism, the need to cast trans actors, and she did. now she’s recognizing a need to hire trans women writers, and she will. —> a vulture article cited in the micdotcom piece has more detail:
The Transparent writing team is fielding short stories from trans female writers, five of whom they’ll work with on spec scripts. That way, after hiring one of them, the other four will still end up with scripts they can shop afterward.
the rhetoric around this is kind of weird and gross (like they can’t find a trans woman tv writer, so they will teach trans women how to write for tv). but cringeworthy as it sounds/is, it at the same time sounds like an attempt to cultivate a deeper bench, to make whatever problem they think they are facing less of a possible problem in the future. from way, way on the outside, that looks to me like an investment in the community, one transparent is making because it wants to be accountable to that community, and responsive to its criticisms.
(also, jenji kohan sounds like a megalomaniac.)
I left a draft of my Janice Raymond paper on the floor and one of the cats puked on it.
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