Transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney said it should be “illegal” to utilize “incorrect pronouns” when discussing the activist, the New York Post reported. By “incorrect,” the New York Post meant male pronouns.
Mulvaney’s legal opinions were aired in a newly resurfaced TikTok ad that reportedly originated in October 2022. In the video, Mulvaney appeared to refer specifically to journalists and appeared also to include the word “man” among the those that should be forbidden by penalty of law when discussing the 26-year-old male.
“Like, the articles written about me using ‘he’ pronouns and calling me a man over and over again, I feel like that should be illegal. I don’t know, that’s just bad journalism,” Mulvaney said in the video. Mulvaney identifies as a transgender woman and sometimes girl. It is unclear if Mulvaney used the word “incorrect.”
The tenets and dogma of the transgender movement have been much in the news of late. The movement gained initial prominence in the United States, a nation with a resolute tradition of free speech deeply rooted in its history. Many transgender activists may believe the same, but Mulvaney’s video draws significant attention because of the activist’s high profile.
That profile is higher than ever during the current controversy surrounding the recent decision of Bud Light to enter into a paid promotional partnership with the transgender influencer.
Not everyone agrees with the transgender movement’s views, as some have maintained their pre-existing beliefs from before the movement’s splash onto the scene. The activist’s call for the outlawing of speech expressing those views is certain to generate additional backlash.
Curiously, Mulvaney reportedly claimed that being falsely identified as a pedophile was less offensive than being identified as a man.
The title of the video containing Mulvaney’s call for the muzzling of those not sharing the transgender movement’s beliefs was “Adult Bullies.” It does not appear that Mulvaney has reissued that call in the six months since the video was filmed.
“I’m reminding myself that those people actually feel like they’re doing the Lord’s work,” Mulvaney said. “They believe that their bullying actually is the right thing to do, and I’m the one to blame when I’m just over here trying to live my best life.”
While just over there trying to live that best life, Mulvaney did not speak of what should be done to those who violate a prospective proscription of nontransgenderism-conforming speech, and that part of the clip is quite brief. “That’s just bad journalism,” Mulvaney instead went on to say.
“A lot has been said about me,” Mulvaney reportedly said in a clip on Thursday. “Some of which is so far from my truth that I was hearing my name and I didn’t know who they were talking about sometimes.”
Journalists considering speaking “their truth” in the future may need to take into account just how much power they will be speaking it to.
“What I’m struggling to understand is the need to dehumanize and to be cruel. Dehumanization has never fixed anything in history,” Mulvaney reportedly said.
It is unclear if by “dehumanize” Mulvaney here is speaking of being described using words indicating a male human, but the context seems to suggest otherwise. In the wake of the Bud Light controversy, it appears the activist and influencer has heard far worse.
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