Biphobia is real, and one actress is stepping up against it.
In an episode of The Real O’Neals, gay character Kenny compared bisexual challenges to “webbed toes” and “money problems.”
“Oh, God. Here we go,” Kenny said. “Webbed toes? Money problems? Or worse...bisexual?”
Openly bisexual actress Sara Ramirez, best known for her role as bisexual Callie Torres on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, spoke out against ABC for letting this comment on the air.
“And as someone who worked for them for 10 years+, am truly disheartened & disappointed quite frankly,” she wrote on Twitter. “I will invest my brand where I'm respected.”
Ramirez also linked to a petition titled “End Biphobia and Bi-erasure on The Real O’Neals,” which currently has 821 of the 1,000 supporter goal.
“It's no secret that the show's executive producer, Dan Savage, is openly biphobic as well as: cissexist, sexist, anti-asexual, classist, racist, sizeist, and ableist. However, none of those appear on the show,” the petition claims. “I was willing to overlook the other things, but this ‘joke’ has crossed the line saying bisexual teens like me are worse than genetic abnormalities and financial problems! “Jokes” like this increase the ridiculous amount of biphobia we experience in our lives and I am calling on the American Broadcasting Company to step in and change this!”
Ramirez requests that ABC own, address, clarify, and “empower our #Queer #Bisexual youth & community w/accurate positive reflections.”
ABC has yet to respond.