AMERICAN REFLEXXX: Misogyny, Transphobia, And The Mob Mentality In Action

“A mob’s always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man. Every mob in every little Southern town is always made up of people you know – – doesn’t say much for them, does it?”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I watched AMERICAN REFLEXX today. It’s a 14 minute short film made by Alli Coates and Signe Pierce. Pierce is filmed by Coates as they walk down the busy streets of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dressed in a tight, short dress, high heels, and a mirrored mask, Pierce becomes a target for almost everyone on the street. They follow her, catcall her, splash her with water, throw water bottles at her, and attempt to trip her. Finally, she is violently pushed to the ground from behind.

All for being different? Sexy? A woman? Possibly transgender?

The people watching her argue about whether Pierce is a man or a woman, call her a “shim,” scream in fear, and run away when Pierce turns around.

“And the bible says god will laugh at your calamity.”

You can watch the film here:

Author: Tamara Reynolds

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  1. What a plauesre to meet someone who thinks so clearly

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