A list of evidence of @BuckAngel putting down trans*/queer folks [TW: Racism, sexism, cissexist, threats, etc.]
- Here he put someone down for being poor and insinuated it was some form of punishment since the OP doesn’t like that Buck is transmisogynistic or classist.
- Here he posted a video of queer people of color as a token of his anti-racism?
- [TW: CISSEXISM AND BODY SHAMING] Here is a screencap of a tweet he posted in response to someone who pointed out that his using someone’s personal post-op photos as a reason that he didn’t want to get surgery was hurtful. On his blog, Buck lies to his readers and says he was only talking about his own body when that’s obviously not the case when he says “it is not ok to want that :)” [TW: Hardcore cissexism and bottom shaming]
- Here he tells Village Voice, and by virtue all trans* people, that fundraising for surgery is not what real men do. “You wanna be a man? Act like a man.” Tell me, Buck, what if I don’t “want to be a man”? Or you know how about the notion that I already am one since I identify as such?
- Here’s a quote of Buck Angel defending Dan Savage’s blatant cissexism. Here’s evidence of Savage’s cissexism.
- Here’s Buck insinuating a threat to a queer person of color for calling him out on racism and classism. Tell us, Buck, get them into trouble how?
- Here’s Buck telling me to grow up after he said I should do more for the trans* community.
I was going to isolate it to bottom surgery result insults, but it’s important to me that folks who look up to him know this. Because I looked up to him, because it’s easy to look up to someone who is trans*, jerk or not, simply because there are virtually no trans* people in the limelight. Not because it’s the worst thing in the world to make mistakes. A lot of us accidentally perpetuate oppression. It doesn’t make it okay at all, but we learn and grow while accepting the fact that we are indeed capable of doing such things. This list serves as an example of the fact that Buck doesn’t care so long as Buck is right. This would be a completely different post if Buck didn’t incessantly derail folks when they call him out.
Please be aware that Buck has in the past linked to people’s blogs on his Twitter alongside language that portrays anyone who calls him out as taking part in harassment so as to incite hate mail. I want to also be clear that some of the messages I received in response to this endeavor were cis folks cissplaining me by telling me to fight bigger demons. The bigger demon being cissplaining? Okay then! I say this as a warning to those who are triggered by these things.
If you have anything to add, please reblog and add links (if you’d like). Be sure to add trigger warnings. This post was a little rushed, since he seems to think that I have all of the time in the world for such things.
If You Are An Ally, Advocate & Hold A Position of Power Don't Do This:
An Open Letter To Buck Angel:
The fact that you are in a position of power because you are so well known and regardless of whether you like it or not, you have media attention and people look to you as an important voice for the queer community. I am stating this because this is vital to what is happening right now.
It’s offensive and extremely disappointing to watch someone who calls themselves an advocate and ally state some pretty disgusting sentiments.
Before you dismiss this call out like you have to others, Buck, take a moment to really listen to critique’s and don’t lump anyone with a minute amount of dissent as hating you. Especially when it comes from within your own community.
You are pissed. It’s pretty obvious, even though you have a lot of supporters who would jump in immediately to state that you are in no way wrong, even some people of color saying that you aren’t racist or classist. I am here to remind you that one or a few people of color giving you a free pass does not equal a literal all clear free pass.
Having watched the critiques and then arguments unfold, I can’t help but have to call you out as well.
If you identify as an ally, advocate and educator. It is important that you do the internal work of being an ally and educate yourself properly. Listening to people of color when they tell you what you are doing is hurting them and is racist is a part of this. Listen. Instead of letting your anger come first over everything, if you truly are an ally, Listen to the people you are offending. Check your privilege & the fact that the statements you make that are racist, classist or misogynist will be called out and it isn’t as simple as “this person hates me” because you are being called out.
That’s the easy selfish way out. You have feelings yet, if you are an ally, you learn to deal with the anger you feel when being called out and you listen. You read the critiques and you work at changing what you are doing.
What You’re Doing Wrong & Are Being Called Out For:
- Taking critique as personal insult
- Not listening to people of color when they call you out on racism
- Not listening to people in general when they call you out on racism & classism
- Not being an true ally
- Instead of discussing or walking away, retorting to classist & racist statements like “Maybe that’s why you’re poor and need to beg for money” to insult a queer person of color who said they hated you. On top of it, posting their blog on your twitter so people would attack said queer person of color.
- Using tactics of oppression against people within your own community
- Not owning up to the statements you make and pretending that they are somehow loving and peaceful
- Threatening queer people of color for calling you out, more specifically threatening a queer woman of color
Also, there is no such thing as a “race card” Buck:
BuckAngel Buck Angel® @ @danny_waters @RyanStGermain what does color have to do with anything-using the race card is a bit racist don’t you think?
If a person of color tells you you are being racist, they don’t just say it for shits and giggles. In fact, as a queer person of color, I can say this is my life and I have the most knowledge when it comes to it and if I call someone out for being racist, it’s because they’re being racist. Because “color” may have NOTHING to do with your life and how people treat you, how they judge you, what jobs they may or may not hire you for, does not mean it is universally true for all.
You cannot call yourself an ally when you are using your own fame and privilege to hurt those within your own community.
ps: You are all welcome to reblog to add in commentary.
I remember, long ago, in a galaxy far far away, when Buck Angel was only a fleeting thought
I’d heard of him once or twice, but didn’t know much. I’d not seen anything he was in, and only knew he was a trans guy in porn. So I was vaguely positive about it out of hand.
Then I read an awful, awful, awful, article (I mentioned it earlier) about the “phenomenon” or surgery parties. Not only was the article construed in a really destructive manner, hardly speaking about the issues in medical transitioning that make it a necessity to fundraise for medical transitioning (namely insurance issues, steep costs of surgery, and the only now relaxing therapy requirements present in most places in order to get “cleared” for surgery). But the shining turd on this steaming pile of dung was the following:
Not everyone thinks the benefit parties are a positive—or necessary—thing. One of the world’s most prominent trans men, porn star Buck Angel, thinks that benefit parties only lessen the seriousness involved in transitioning to a new gender. “Ugh, don’t get me started. That’s my hugest pet peeve,” he says. “You wanna be a man? Act like a man. Men take care of themselves. Very rarely do they fucking beg for money. Get a fucking job and save your money, and save money like a man. Asking a handout for surgery—it really bothers me. It’s just wrong, and it adds to that element of trendiness. It’s ‘Let’s have a boob-removal party!’”
Man, y’know what, Buck Angel truly is a fuckin’ patron saint of trans*ness. How could anyone find fault with this man? (sarcasm)