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Awards Show Wades into Touchy Shemale Territory

Remember last December, when Live! with Kelly co-host Neil Patrick Harris was compelled to apologize on Twitter after inhaling sulfur hexafluoride and uttering the word “tranny” on-air? Well, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the folks getting ready to work the Off Off Off Oscar circuit this weekend.

On Sunday, the 4th Annual Tranny Awards will be handed out at Joseph’s Café in Hollywood. Then, on President’s Day at a strip club in West Hollywood, nominees from shows past and present will be among those taking part in a “Tranny Awards Celebration Party.”

FishbowlLA realizes that any event with an NSFW website and a follow-on bash featuring “lap dances and mainstream celebrity guests” is not exactly aiming for political correctness. But would it really be that hard to adopt a more preferable awards name such as shemale or transvestite?

This year’s awards were supposed to take place at the El Cid restaurant in Silver Lake. But just a few weeks ago, the restaurant informed event organizers of a second, after-hours booking for the same Sunday, which would have required the awards to end much earlier than preferred.

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