"Cake Boss"Buddy Valastro might want to stick a rolling pin his mouth — at least when it comes to making transgender jokes.
TLC has pulled Monday's episode of the popular reality show set in a New Jersey bakery after Carmen Carrera — a transgender woman who has appeared on"RuPaul's Drag Race" and other shows — vehemently objected to how she was portrayed.
Carrera said the producers lured her on to the show under false pretenses, making her believe she'd be a role model for transgendered persons when in fact she was used as part of a homophobic prank. On the episode, Valastro had Carrera lie in wait at a bar for Valastro's rival, "Cousin Anthony" Bellifemine. Carrera and Bellifemine began flirting, and she gave him a peck on the cheek.
In a voice-over, Valastro exulted: "Anthony, right now, is on top of the world. He don't know what's coming, baby."
Valastro added: "That's a man, baby!" Cousin Anthony was later glimpsed fleeing the bar.
In a Facebook posting, Carrera wrote: "Im really trying to be a positive role model for trans people and it upsets me that ... I SPECIFICALLY asked the producers of 'Cake Boss' NOT to disrespect me or trans people. Before I agreed to do this show, I was assured and then reassured that it wasn't going to be like the JERRY SPRINGER show or MAURY. Let me make this clear. CALLING A TRANSGENDER WOMAN A MAN IS WRONG. Period. Its degrading, its rude, and its very hurtful."