Drag Gone Bad

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 3 2012 @ 6:18pm

"Work It", a show about men dressing up as women to get jobs, premieres tonight. It looks excruciatingly unfunny:

Noelle Howey isn't laughing:

About one in four transgender Americans report losing a job because of their gender identity, according to a national transgender-discrimination survey released last February by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Transgender people report double the unemployment rate as the rest of the population. And even for those who keep their jobs, a stunning 90 percent of trans people say they have experienced disrespect, discrimination, and even violence on the job.

Michael Abernethy pans the show:

The real problem with Work It [is] that it can wring nothing funny out of this situation, only strained, dated gags. The show’s most egregious offense is that it is uninspired and unoriginal. Cross-dressing persons can be found in Greek comedies, the works of Shakespeare, and early silent films. Were Work It to offer something new to the debates and conversations about male and female gender roles, it might be worthy of our time. Instead, it will most likely be remembered for years to come, alongside My Mother, the Car and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire, as one of TV’s truly bad ideas.