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Try a couple of crime dramas this week on Amazon Prime Video.
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Here I thought cop dramas were the only shows under leftist scrutiny. Before it’s even aired, CBS’s new Silence of the Lambs drama Clarice is drawing attention from transgender activists. So much so, the series now has a token transgender character to discuss the “complicated legacy” of the original film. Liberals should just put out a list of things that aren’t “complicated” at this point.
On February 2, CBS announced that the new series has cast activist and actor Jen Richards in a pivotal role. Richards was originally recommended by GLAAD’s director of trans representation Nick Adams to consult for the show and help “craft the character and make sure some younger, prettier trans actress had a good experience on set,” but eventually, the show decided to put her front and center. According to Richards:
“All I can say is that the character intersects with Clarice’s storyline in a way that her transness isn’t central to her storyline, but her identity as a trans woman prompts her to discuss with Clarice the complicated legacy of Buffalo Bill.”
So being trans isn’t an important part of the character but her being trans is the only reason we need for her to lecture us? The show hasn’t even started and already it’s confusing people.
Along with the fact that this role is essentially a result of a woke mandate, it’s clear what this character is really meant to do: critique the original film. Richards says as much, claiming to have been “crestfallen” at the Buffalo Bill character leaving a “damaging impact on the trans community”:
‘Right prior to my coming out as trans, I started to delicately tell a few friends and colleagues I was thinking about transitioning, kind of treading water to see if I could do it successfully, and one looked at me and said, “Do you mean like Buffalo Bill?” … it was really complicated to try and overcome that first perception of other people.’
One person hardly constitutes a “damaging impact,” but nevertheless, the show is insisting on addressing “the complicated, horrible legacy in a way that didn’t reduce it to that one issue.” Considering The Silence of the Lambs is one of only three movies to win all of the top five Oscar categories, I don’t think anyone on this show is qualified to lecture it, much less a trans activist.
But that’s entertainment nowadays. Half of the time it’s insulting things from the past while the other half lectures us on leftist issues today. It hardly constitutes “entertainment” at all.
Clarice premieres February 11 on CBS.