Amazon's 'Jack Ryan' Criticized for Using Transphobic Slur

Ali Suliman, Dina Shihabi, John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce
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Ali Suliman, Dina Shihabi, John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce attend the premiere of "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" at The Opening Night of Los Angeles Fleet Week 2018 at Battleship Iowa on Aug. 31, 2018 in San Pedro, Calif.

Amazon’s adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan franchise, which premiered its first season this Friday (Aug. 31) is being taken to task for using transphobic language in its third episode.

Eliel Cruz, NYC Anti-Violence Project communications director, was the first to note the show's use of the slur, taking to Twitter to broadcast the offending scene and to call out the show for perpetuating language that promotes anti-trans violence.

“I’m on the third episode and they use a trans slur. In 2018. As two trans women were murdered in the last 24 hours,” tweeted Cruz, alluding to the deaths of two young black trans women, Dejanzy Stanton and Vontashia Bell, that took place on the same day.

He followed up to upload the scene in question, captioning the video: “This shit is repulsive @jackryanamazon. Trans women die from pick up violence. This isn’t funny. This is real life.”

In the scene, two drone operators -- Victor (John Magaro) and Ava (Yani Marin) -- strike a conversation about Victor’s black eye. Ava jokes, “Did you accidentally pick up another tr---y on Fremont Street?”

The show stars John Krasinski as the titular CIA operative, as well as Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce. Krasinski also serves as an executive producer for the show, as do Clancy and action movie monolith Michael Bay. Jack Ryan was picked up for its second season months before its premiere. Neither Amazon nor Krasinski have commented on the controversy.

Check out the tweets below:


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