Stop Channel Four Repeating Peter Kay's Transphobic Comedy Special
On Monday 14th March, Channel 4 signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the UK organisation Trans Media Watch, pledging, among other things, 'to increase positive, well-informed representations of trans people in the media.'
A week later it emerged that Channel 4 planned to repeat Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor, a comedy special which features the first appearance of 'Geraldine McQueen' a character whose trans status is played for laughs in a way which many trans people find offensive and upsetting, on Saturday 26th March. 'Geraldine' is not a positive and well-informed representation of trans people. She is a caricature created by a non-trans comedian with the sole intention of getting an audience to laugh at her trans status.
By signing the Memorandum of Understanding, Channel 4 made a promise. By showing Peter Kay's hurtful misrepresentation of trans people less than a fortnight later, Channel 4 are demonstrating that their promise doesn't matter. Please sign below to let Channel 4 know we expect better: that we expect them to stand by the promise they made, by removing Britain's Got the Pop Factor from the schedules.