David Letterman took on Amanda Simpson last night, the president's first transgender appointee. Dave explained that she is now part of the Commerce Department, but was interrupted by his announcer yelling "Amanda?! Amanda used to be a dude?! Oh my god!" The man ran off stage, implying he had been seduced by a transgender woman and that it was horrifying to him in retrospect.
The Human Rights Coalition has condemned the joke in a letter demanding an apology: "Your skit affirmed and encouraged a prejudice against transgender Americans that keeps many from finding jobs, housing, and enjoying freedoms you and your writers take for granted every day," HRC's Allyson Robinson wrote.
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