If Jill Soloway Can’t Get Trans Characters Right, Nobody Else Can Hope To, Either

The real issue here is not ‘Transparent’ director Jill Soloway’s blatant hypocrisy, but the gaping holes her casting controversy exposes in the trans movement’s ever-changing narrative.

Jill Soloway just won an Emmy for directing the Amazon TV series “Transparent” starring Jeffrey Tambor, who also just won an Emmy for portraying a trans woman on the critically acclaimed show. In most cases this kind of acclaim would be occasion for a little celebration, but for Soloway, the success of the third season of her cutting-edge show brought self-recrimination instead. In an interview in Vulture, the director announced “the time has come where it’s unacceptable for cis men to play trans women.”