Liberal news site The Huffington Post is being criticized for asking whether Sofia Vergara or Blake Lively have “the tranny look.”

The site's Ellie Krupnick paired up quotes from Vergara, the 39-year-old co-star of ABC's gay-inclusive Wednesday night comedy Modern Family, and Lively, the 24-year-old co-star of the CW's nighttime teenage drama Gossip Girl, and then asked readers to vote on which star has “got the more tranny look.”

During an appearance on Good Morning America, Vergara was asked to expand on what she meant when she said that when dressed as her Modern Family character, Gloria, she looks “like a tranny.”

“I always felt like I look … with the extra boobs than a normal woman, extra butt, I always have makeup and the hair and I love big jewelry. So I feel like that!” Vergara answered.

And Lively told fashion glossy Allure: “I feel like a tranny a lot of the time … I don't know, I'm … large? They put me in six-inch heels, and I tower over every man. I've got this long hair and lots of clothes and makeup on. I just feel really big a lot of the time, and I'm surrounded by a lot of tiny people. I feel like a man sometimes.”

“Needless to say, Krupnick's article is premised on the idea that it's somehow an insult or embarrassing to be compared to a transgender person,” Equality Matters' Carlos Maza wrote. “Throughout the piece, she uses the terms 'tranny' and 'transvestite' – both derogatory ways to describe transgender people. In a twisted attempt to appear civil, Krupnick even assures both actresses that, unlike 'transvestites,' they are 'gorgeous' and shouldn't take the poll personally.”

Maza noted that The Huffington Post is attempting to position itself as a gay-inclusive site.