And by doing so, and given who is audience is, he grants permission to others to treat trans people this way.
Back to figures of power and influence, including in the media, using language that will make a subset of society’s life that little bit harder than it really needs to be.
Bigotry, violence etc do not exist in a vacuum. It is why it is bad that ministers and bishops say the most appalling slanders against us unchallenged, and it is why what O’Reilly has done is part of the problem. And why we have been talking about this subject for a couple of days now.
Transphobia – it’s the next big ‘fight’ I think for the LGBT community as gays and lesbians face increasingly decreasing discrimination. It’s not perfect yet but it’s honestly not that far off anymore. For transsexuals things are far different. I think attitudes toward transgendered people are perhaps similar to what attitudes to homosexuality 20 or 30 years ago.
and the same hostility – witness the universal hatred of gender variant people we’ve seen over the suzanne moore affair with people from the new statesman, vanity fair and the times mocking us online.
Look no further than the hounding of Dr Curtis in the telegraph recently and that vile article by Martin Evans. Why is there a need to blame and have scapegoats in society? I’m sick of living in such a hostile society.
I wouldn’t be optimistic about changing the minds of the far-right mouthpieces in the U.S. Here’s what Limbaugh said about Sandra Fluke after she testified to Congress about women’s access to contraception:
“It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”
I realize we’re supposed to laugh this off as entertainer’s hyperbole but this is so vile it can only be what he believes and by extension, his listeners and kindred spirits like O’Reilly. If they can’t be civil to women, how can there be any hope for ANYONE in the LGBT community?
I visited America in 2005. My everlasting thoughts of the place were, insular, backward, arrogant and at times downright stupid.
because there were absolutely no people like this where you live, in 2005?
I’ve visited “America” as well (which, by the way includes Canada.. I think you mean “I’ve visited the United States”), and found some of the most wonderful, genuine, open-hearted, welcoming people ever.
Your sort of generalization does nothing to address the issue here: Faux News.
But would you want to live there? Thank you so very much for attempting to put me right. Perhaps my time would be better spent not offering any support to a community that at times takes great pride in being so nasty to each other.
Nasty to each other? Look in the mirror.
O’reilly is as stupid a bigot as they come. It surprises me he can even breath on his own, he really is that dumb.
I know, right. Every time O’Reilly tries on his fake mantle of insightful journalist, I mentally replay his little tantrum in which he said that we don’t understand why we have tides….
The man has got as far as he has through volume and mob-baiting, not through actual ability.
I expect you’ve seen this but I think it shows exactly the type of man he is.
Bigotry. homo and transphobia are ever pervasive in the US as result of cultural ignorance , exacerbated by secular and religious institutional ancient pre-scientific beliefs that brain wash the masses.
Thankfully there are some people who don’t keep up the Emperor’s New Clothes fantasy of pretending someone can miraculously ‘change sex’ just to satisfy a person’s sexual disorder.
Would one be urged to say to an anorexic (all skin and bone) that their perceptions are correct and that they are in fact overweight when they are not? But then some would argue anorexia is not a disorder and some would argue that feeling you are in the ‘wrong’ body is not a disorder either…
“But then some would argue anorexia is not a disorder”
Well, technically it isn’t: anorexia is just the medical term for a loss of appetite, which you have probably experienced as a symptom of illnesses in the past. Anorexia nervosa is the disorder, and I don’t think anyone seriously argues that it isn’t a disorder, so I don’t know what your point is. Being extremely underweight is harmful – failing to fit into the gender binary is not.
And this guy used to be a schoolteacher. What a w@nker.
Bill O’Reilly has always been backward and obnoxious, I remember when he interviewed Richard Dawkins a few years ago, it wasn’t really an interview at all because he kept interrupting him. I can see why Dawkins and other people campaigning against religious zealots get this reputation of being “abrasive”, can you blame them with the pig ignorance they have to battle against? The transgender community has a lot to put up with in society, especially with influential figures like O’Reilly spewing their hatred. Fox News is a vile excuse for a news channel, it’s like American televison’s answer to the Daily Mail but with more religious zealotry.
No one in their right mind would expect anything else from Bill O’Reilly. An no one in their right mind would respect anything he says.
And when people mock religion it’s called ‘oppression’.
I don’t believe in religion and think those that do are misguided, but I will not mock them. It is not my place to think I’m better than them because of their religion.
This man thinks that his opinion gives him the right to mock someone. There is a difference, obviously, in that religion is a choice whilst being trans isn’t, but surely that just makes this worse…
Murderering someone can stand by itself as a reason to criticise someone, don’t give the trans community a bad name by some how lumping them together.
Looking past his history of murder then bill o reilly is wrong to critisise. These prisoners i work with you wouldnt know killed people. then again i work with cat d prisoners or the open prisoners. This perp may be a vicous basterd
I don’t understand why the SPLC hasn’t labeled Fox News as a hate group yet already.
This is REAL transphobia verbal hate folks. Look hard at it and ask yourself whether it was proportionate to accuse Suzanne Moore of the same.
What do you mean? She said similar things. She referred to trans women as men, she dismissed and refused to take seriously our oppression as women or the violence we face (just as O’Reilly joked about the possibility of Kosilek being sexually assaulted). And of course, she joked about trans womens’ bodies being ‘mutilated’ etc.
When O’Reilly makes jokes about our bodies and Moore makes jokes about our bodies, why are some people so eager to attack the former but forgive the latter?
The only comment from Suzanne Moore in the original article about trans people was this: “The tall, slim-hipped figure with huge, pert breasts – basically the body of a Brazilian transsexual – was sought after for a while.”
It was a stupid, crass, cliche and NOT hate speech
the comments that she followed the article up with were disgusting. You wouldn’t have accepted the same thing being said about gay or lesbian people by a public figure why should it be any different for our transgendered friends.
Obama should fling Bill O’ Reilly along with the rest of Fox ‘So-Called’ News in prison and throw away the key and see how swiftly it takes them to bleat for their own rights!
Also, I’m noting that Bill O’ Reilly is once again falling back on his tactic of playing down sexual assault just as he did when a female colleague launched a sexual harassment lawsuit against him a few years’ back.
One day I hope someone mocks the two of you in the same way. You both deserve a serve of your own medicine.
I can’t make head nor tail of what was actually said or what the story refers to other than the sensational headline of the article.
If the person is a convicted murderer then absolutely the state should not be paying for gender surgery. The idea that taxpayers should pay a convicted killers medical bills unless they involve emergency medical intervention is absurd in the extreme. You lose your rights in society when you do what this person has done. As a person who has undergone transitional surgery myself I am sick and tired of the freaks and porn stars polluting our lives by making headlines for all of the wrong reasons.