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Calls To Boycott ‘Zoolander 2’ Over ‘Offensive’ Androgynous Character

Benedict Cumberbatch

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The highly anticipated Zoolander 2 trailer has already gotten viewers in a tizzy, with a new petition calling upon others to “boycott” the sequel because of Benedict Cumberbatch’s “offensive” androgynous character.

ICYMI, Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) ask Benedict’s character, named “All”, if he is a “male or female model”, to which he replies, “All is all”. The pair then ask him to clarify if the “biggest supermodel in the world” has a “hot dog or a bun”.

Sarah Rose, the person who kicked off the petition, believes that “All’ is an “over-the-top, cartoonish mockery of androgyne/trans/non-binary individuals” and “the modern equivalent to using blackface to represent a minority”.

She says if the filmmakers wanted to hone in on the presence of androgynous and transgender models, then they should’ve utilised someone like Bosnian-born Australian transgender model Andreja Pejic. 

If you are offended by the film’s representation of androgynous and transgender models, you can join the 8,374-plus supporters and sign up here.

[Via Care2 Petitions