Adressing the Kate McKinnon discourse™
This is a full breakdown of what everyone is (and should be) up in arms about. In no way is this post excusing, defending or justifying what happened. I’m adressing something that I, as a person of trans experience, is extremely protective of- the sanctity of my trans brothers, sisters and siblings.
In 2008, eight years ago, Kate McKinnon filmed and co-created (as said by her in an interview) a sketch called Fitzwilliam goes to Hogwarts! the sketch depicts a young boy (played by Kate) that “has since he was a little boy wanted nothing more than a magical vagina.”
This is obviously a very ugly thing to make fun of, and belittles trans people’s experiences of actual dysphoria and lives of hardship. I’ve experienced dysphoria in the past. And to have someone poke fun at the fact that you’re uncomfortable in your own body, that you just wish by everything in the world that you weren’t in the position you’re in, is not fun.
Watching it, it makes me angry. I’ve never even experienced bottom dysphoria. Imagining a trans sibling in pain over this (a stupid sketch) makes me livid.
Stepping aside from my anger and analyzing what happened, this is what I’ve come down to.
If this sketch was released in today’s age of trans awareness, it would not be well recieved. But this sketch was aired in 2008. Trans awareness was in no way, shape or form what it is today. It’s completely in line with it’s time’s political climate.
Does that excuse it? no. It’s still fucking disgusting. And coming from a network that’s supposed to be inclusive? a heartbreak.
Following the sketch, Kate McKinnon has never expressed herself in any manner that could be construed as transphobic. Not before the sketch, either.
In an on set interview, McKinnon states that she got the idea from her finding it funny to say “father” and “vagina” in a british accent. We can then assume that Kate honest to blog, did not intend for this to hurt people- even though it did. Good intent does not excuse unacceptable behavior. What she did was still wrong.
I hope you analyze the situation thoroughly before reaching your own conclusion.