Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan just premiered on August 31, but it’s already the subject of controversy: LGBTQ activists are slamming the new series for including transphobic language in its dialogue in the middle of an epidemic of violence against the trans community.

In the third episode of Season 1, a character asks her coworker how he got a black eye. When he refuses to explain, she jokes, “Did you accidentally pick up another tranny on Fremont Street?”

On August 31, NYC Anti-Violence Project communications director Eliel Cruz uploaded a video clip of the scene to Twitter, noting that the premiere came shortly after two black trans women—Vontashia Bell, 18, and Dejanay Stanton, 24—were murdered in Shreveport, LA, and Chicago, respectively.

“…they use a trans slur,” he wrote. “In 2018. As two trans women were murdered in the last 24 hours.”

“Trans women die from pick up violence,” Cruz added. “This isn’t funny. This is real life.”

Other Twitter users joined the conversation, asking how Jack Ryan writers thought including insensitive and invalidating dialogue during a growing epidemic of violence against trans people was “a fine idea.”




Amazon has yet to release a statement addressing the use of the slur.

In the wake of Bell’s murder late last week, Louisiana Trans Advocates released a statement calling for justice and condemning the use of “dehumanizing language” against trans people.

“Vontashia Bell must not die in vain,” the statement read in part. “Her murder is a reminder of the current climate and national discourse on trans issues. Dehumanizing language and actions lower the barriers to this kind of senseless violence. Shreveport and Louisiana leaders must speak out against these killings, against the ongoing, systemic devaluation of trans people that pervades our media and politics, and against the institutional racism that places almost all of this burden on trans women of color.”

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