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Trans People Love “Jackass,” and It’s No Wonder Why

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You wouldn’t think that a show dedicated to pranks, dicks, and balls would be destined to become a trans classic, but here we are. It’s 2022, and what can I say, trans and nonbinary people are really feeling Jackass Forever.

If you’re somehow not aware of the Jackass phenomenon, let me enlighten you: “Jackass” was a Spike Jonze-created TV show from the early oughts that followed a group of fun-loving dudes—namely Bam Margera, Johnny Knoxville, and Steve-O (a transmasc name if ever there was one)—as they played public pranks on each other, often involving dicks and violence. It was about friendship, dude culture, and fucking around in public. The show also predated the Ashton Kutcher phenomenon “Punk’d,” a show about tricking Hilary Duff into believing it was inappropriate to wear heels while driving a car.

Fast forward 20 years later, and Jackass Forever, a documentary about the crew and the phenomenon of the show itself, has officially hit theaters. And trans folks are reminiscing, hard. We’re remembering what it was like to watch a group of men so aggressively entwined in a violent bromance subject each other to new rounds of hilarious torture. And how, you know, weirdly hot it was.

INTO contributor Niko Stratis wrote about this phenomenon for Bitch:

“The Jackass guys were so at home in their masculinity, but when they shoved and slapped and goaded each other, it felt playful rather than angry. They worked together to outdo one another in painful slapstick, eager to see how far the others could go,” Stratis writes. “The desire to be more aggressively masculine than the guy standing next to you doesn’t mean anything when the man standing next to you is also being shot in the balls with a paintball gun.”

Honestly, it’s true. We love us some Johnny Knoxville in this community.

Now let’s get into the deep questions: are we all here because of “Jackass”? Did “Jackass” create memorable cock-and-ball torture TV so that we could be running up that hill, running up that road, running up that building?

Maybe. The answer is maybe.

The girls are calling for an all-trans reboot, and honestly, why the hell not?

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