[Trigger Warning: transphobia, general asshattery]
Ugh, it’s a Friday night and instead of being out having fun I was reading the comment thread on an article on Kotaku. What is wrong with me? Today, Kotaku wrote a post about a Japanese bigender cismale manga artist who enjoys dressing up as female characters. The article, un-cleverly named “Dude Looks Like A Lady”, caused a whirlwind of transphobic comments. Of course.
How on earth is this video game news? ”Hey everyone, there is this Japanese manga artist who likes to wear women’s clothing as a hobby – isn’t that weird?” The article only briefly mentions his mother (a famous manga artist who drew Candy Candy), and doesn’t at all mention his skills as an artist.
Instead it focuses on his dressing in his girlfriends clothing and the ‘trend’ of Japanese men dressing up as women as a ‘hobby’. The comments? Well, let’s just say that this one sums up what you’ll find there:
“I’m not homophobic, as I happen to have a few homosexual friends, but I have to say I can’t really approve of these pictures. Guys looking like girls may look fun, but it seriously undermines gender identity.”
It’s as if the above commenter played transphobic bingo with just about every idiocy they could come up with.
As @theMirai said best on Twitter: “I swear Kotaku has an entire team of writers who know EXACTLY how to write that will incite hateful shit without being hateful themselves.”
Clarification: Igarashi is referred to as male here because he identifies as bigender and is fine with male pronouns.