“The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not good representation in 1975 when it first came out, though maybe it was the best they had then, and it is neither good nor the best now.
Maybe, in 1975, the queer community had a choice between eating shit and eating mud. Most people would choose mud. But when it’s a choice between mud and chocolate, stop praising the mud for not being shit, and serve the fucking chocolate.
We have better representation than Rocky Horror now, so it’s time to put that antiquated, rapey, transmisogynistic, queerphobic show in the garbage where it belongs. I understand that there are people who grew up with that being their only representation, but they still need to acknowledge the show’s problems, and there is no excuse for anyone not in that situation to like it.
Yes, I know the person who wrote it later came out as trans—more than 30 years after the fact. And internalized transmisogyny is definitely a thing. It doesn’t excuse the work. And add to that, the fandom is by and large cis people using trans bodies as costumes and entertainment. The audience participation culture is particularly rapey.
Stop defending Rocky Horror. It has never been good representation; it has been worse than no representation. Just stop.”