There’s nothing ambiguous about “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway’s criticism of the former “Saturday Night Live” skit “It’s Pat,” and now the actress who played the murky-gendered character has responded to Soloway’s criticism.
During the Television Critics Association press tour in August, Soloway tore into the skit — which hinged its jokes on people’s uncertainty over Pat’s gender — as “an awful piece of anti-trans propaganda.”
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview published Wednesday, Julia Sweeney said that she understood Soloway’s point — though the “SNL” alum added that she didn’t regard her character as transgender.
“I probably don’t disagree
Sweeney added, “None of the jokes were made at Pat’s expense, but I can see how today that what we did is so next-door to laughing AT the person for not having clear gender characteristics. So, I can see how it might seem like you’re laughing at the person.”
Recalling how she was asked to reprise the character for a Halloween appearance on “Today” last year, Sweeney reflected, “My first instinct was, ‘Can we even do Pat anymore?