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  • Transgendered people no laughing matter, says GLAAD

    A still from the 'SNL' skit. (NBC)

    Julia Sweeney’s androgynous “Saturday Night live” character Pat was one thing, but GLAAD thinks a recent sketch about transgendered individuals is quite another.

    The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is calling on viewers to take action against NBC for its “dangerous and blatantly anti-transgender segment” aired on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend.

    The skit involved a fictional product called “Estro-Maxxx,” an estrogen replacement therapy. Shot in the style of many pharmaceutical ads aimed at women, hirsute male SNL cast members wearing makeup, artificial breasts and dressed in women’s clothes, discussed the benefit of the “product.”

    “This segment cannot be defended as ‘just a joke’ because there was no ‘joke’ to speak of,” GLADD said in a statement demanding that NBC apologize and remove the segment from Saturday Night Live. “The attempted comedy of the skit hinges solely on degrading the lives and experiences of transgender women.”

    “The violence, discrimination and harassment that transgender Americans experience each and every day is no laughing matter,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “‘Saturday Night Live’ is a touchstone of American comedy, but Saturday’s unfunny skit sends a destructive and dehumanizing message.”

    A “Take Action Now” button leads to a petition that demands an apology from NBC, which had 1,925 signatures at the time of publication.

    A rep for Saturday Night Live told FOX411: “We’re not going to comment on that.”

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