11:55 am - 06/12/2012

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Insults Carmen Carrera and Trans community

On June 11th, 2012 - TLC aired an episode of their hit show "Cake Boss". The episode was named, "Bar Mitzvah, Beads & Oh Baby!" featuring special guest, Carmen Carrera.

Carmen is best known from the show "RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo and has since become an activist for the Transgendered community (shortly announcing her transition after a special episode of "What Would You Do?" on ABC).

In the "What Would You Do" episode, Carmen speaks out about transgendered people and the struggles they encounter on a daily basis.

She is also appearing at the San Fransisco Pride Parade as the Grand Marshall due to her work as an activist for the LGBT community.

The plot of the episode was to use Carmen to lure one of the bakery's employees to flirt with her as a prank. Before filming, Carmen educated producers on what terms to use and what phrases would not be offensive, i.e. "Carmen was BORN male" or "Carmen is a transgendered woman". Producers AGREED to respect her wishes, however, when the show aired it was a blatant "THAT'S A MAN" moment - very reminiscent of (trashy) shows like Jerry Springer or Maury.

This is what Carmen said about the whole thing last night/this morning.

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And people have been blowing Buddy's Facebook up since last night as well. Here's a taste:

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Edited to add tweet from cast member

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There's a Change.Org petition for Buddy to apologize

Carmen's Facebook

Cake Boss Facebook
babysinclair 12th-Jun-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
I was under the impression that she was not told about the bait and switch. Why would she agree to a prank if it violates the very boundary is was putting in place?

Edited at 2012-06-12 04:27 pm (UTC)
myheyday 12th-Jun-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they probably explained it differently to her. She probably thought it would be something like WWYD, where there's a lesson to learn at the end.

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