“A Hot Tranny Mess”

As we all know going on a reality television show is all about capitalizing on one’s 15 minutes of fame, and hopefully branding one’s “TV Personality” but going on a show that pertains to a specific field of the arts is generally a way to advance the artists career. You may have heard of Christian Siriano even if you’ve never watched an episode of Project Runway before because he has successfully branded himself after winning the show. You may not have heard of Mitchell Perry, he’s the guy that tried to revive one of Christian Siriano’s catchphrases, “A Hot Tranny Mess”, which may or may not have had something to do with him getting kicked off the show at episode 5 of season 13. If only he focused on his work and not the fame while he was on the show…  Mitchell Perry is a young, independent Fashion Designer from Fort Lauderdale, Fl. You may have seen him on Season 13 of Project Runway. He made it up until episode 5 then he got the boot. I first met Mitch at the art institute of Fort Lauderdale about 2011 or 2012 it was during my first year of college, he was a sewing lab monitor as he was in his senior year, and he was very helpful and kind to me, he made me understand how to sew lining. I will always think of this moment when I think of him.

Does it bring them to their peak too early? Do shows like this that capitalize on the artist make their career because of their work or does the evolution of their “TV personality” make their career better? If you’ve ever sat through an episode you’ll see the unapologetic product placement before you see any designs. Since I met Mitchell Perry before he went on this show, I know that he does indeed have design skills. The rest of the “TV personalities” of Project Runway make me question if they know how to do little more than use a sewing machine, as if that is the only requirement for getting on the show. It is clear from some of the challenges on the show that most of them are unfamiliar with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, which designers use to make flats and sketches (when not doing it the old fashioned way, by hand.)A sketch is the concept of a design and a flat is like a blueprint. It is the inextricable evidence like this that has led me to the conclusion that the producers & directors of Project Runway are more concerned with whose “TV personality” will give them the most ratings over which young designer has the most talent and would therefore be the best fit for the opportunity to advance their career.

On one hand this show is great for any young designer’s career, but on the other it can make them mediocre. It exposes the weaknesses within their design skillset; you can lose a job opportunity before you even get to the interview. Naturally, any future employer who may be watching the show will now know all of your pitfalls before meeting you and getting to know you. On the contrary, just being on the show both makes the individual apart of pop culture/the media for that season and opens doors for you. This comes with the price of fame. I’m a designer myself and I would rather not go on a show like this, I’d rather put in my hard work into something or some other company than be exploited for ratings to make the lifetime network more money.

On the mylifetime.com website a fan of the show posted his opinion in reference to a comment that Mitchell Perry made while on the show.

Cj Sayler  5 months ago

I was incredibly offended by Mitchell Perry’s comment “a hot tranny mess” how dare he marginalize a group of people that really only need all our love. As a Gay man I understand our history and Mitchell Perry really needs to learn “our” history. He was a poor representative of the Gay community and I’m glad he is off the show. I believe Project runway needs to address the issue!

This comment and the catchphrase “A Hot Tranny Mess” originated from former Project Runway contestant, Christian Siriano, could’ve been a huge problem for the network. It’s crazy how well this has gone under the radar. I don’t know how I haven’t heard more about it until now. Given the fact that Christian and Mitchell are both openly gay men, this faux pas about the LGBT community didn’t blow up as much as it probably would have if a straight person made “A Hot Tranny Mess” their catchphrase.

Mitchell Perry is now using Instagram to promote himself and using Etsy to sell his sketches. His links to those are below

http://www.etsy.com/shop/themitchellperry

http://instagram.com/themitchellperry

It seems as though with his attempt at reviving the catchphrase, “A Hot Tranny Mess”, and branding himself that he is trying to be a tastemaker but is unsuccessful. His catchphrase is offensive. According to Jack Lule in his understanding Media and Culture; An Introduction to Mass communication, v. 1.0 he explains tastemaking.

Historically, popular culture has been closely associated with mass media that introduce and encourage the adoption of certain trends. We can see these media as “tastemakers” – people or institutions that shape the way others think, eat, listen, drink, dress and more. (Similar in some ways to the media gatekeepers discussed above,) tastemakers can have huge influence… along with encouraging a mass audience to keep an eye out for 9or skip0 certain movies, television shows, video games, books, or fashion trends, tastemaking is also used to create a demand for new products.

 

 

“A Hot Tranny Mess” – parody

“A Hot Tranny Mess” – Christian Siriano

 

http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-13/designers/mitchell-perry

 

 

 

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