Someone just sent me a clip (“Hey, you like musicals, right?”) of what appears to be the Glee cast putting on Rocky Horror.
But…apparently they don’t know what many of the words mean.
There’s a black lady with a really killer voice who’s playing Frank. And she’s in Frank’s costume. Which…is a woman’s outfit, hence, when’s a guy does it, he’s a “sweet transvestite”*. When she does it, it’s about as “transvestite-y” as Debbie Reynolds putting on a dress. If…a woman is wearing a woman’s outfit, she’s not a transvestite…right? I mean, that’s the point of the word “transvestite”, isn’t it?
And as an aside, she sings that she’s “making a MAN with blonde hair and a tan”? Shouldn’t it be “makin’ a gal, who’ll put out, be a pal” or something?
I have no problem with Frank being black. Or a woman. But…the whole point of the song is he or she is a transvestite. She should enjoy dressing like a man, not a slutty Victoria’s Secret model like Tim Curry, say. (Actually it’d have been cool if she’d done a Marlene Dietrich thing)
In any case, I don’t care enough to watch the whole episode, but is this addressed in the episode? Do the characters (who are clearly students putting on a show) comment that the changes make no sense whatsoever?
*For some reason they replaced the word “transsexual” with “sensational” which, if you have to replace it (why?) is a pretty good substitute.