Topic: Media Research Center
Media Research Center videographer Dan Joseph apparently thought that his employer's anti-gay agenda wasn't being pushed hard enough lately, so he got it into his head to mock transgender teens.
And he put it all on video, of course.
In a Aug. 15 video he posted at CNSNews.com -- proudly labeled "MRCTV Original Programming" -- Joseph starts off by explaining what he thinks is the impact of the recently approved student transgender rights law in California: "So if a teenage boy says he feels like a girl on the inside, he can now go and use the girls' locker room to shower, change, whatever. Now, most people would say this idea is, you know, insane."
So the sneering, derogatory tone is there from the get-go. Joseph then went to "a college campus where everybody's tolerant and open-minded" to gauge reaction. Actually, he went to Virginia's George Mason University, famed for its rightward-skewed economics department, so the school is probably not as "tolerant and open-minded" as Joseph wants you to think. Also, the fall semester hasn't started yet -- and won't for a couple more weeks -- so what students he was able to stumble across on an August day probably aren't representative of the student body at large.
After gathering his non-representative sample of people walking on the George Mason campus, Joseph then chooses to embarrass himself by filming himself pretending to be a transgender student who wants to use the girls' locker room.
To pull off this cunning deception, Joseph dresses in gym shorts and a tank top. Oh, and he speaks with a lisp, because, you know, transgender.
And here's what he said to one girl he tries to badger into letting him into the girls' locker room (captured on a hidden camera, as the awkwardly angled image above shows):
Excuse me, are you going into the locker room? My name is Dan, I'm a transgender, so that means I have the man parts but, you know, inside I feel more like a woman. I was just wondering, is it OK if I go in there, with you in there to change and shower and stuff? Because I don't feel comfortable in the men's area, you know. It's just weird. Is that OK with you?
Apparently, this is how Joseph thinks transgenders act.
Meanwhile, in real life outside of Joseph's right-wing fantasies, the California law merely affirms existing protections, there have been no reported problems, and similar laws have had the effect of reduced bulling and enhanced school performance.
But Joseph won't tell you about this, because he's being paid to mock transgenders, not to tell the truth about them.