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Jonathan Van Ness has perfect response for Elon Musk’s ‘ignorant’ trans tweets

Rachel Badham June 14, 2022
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Johnathan Van Ness (Getty/Don Arnold) and Elon Musk (Getty/Sean Zanni)

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness had the perfect response to Elon Musk’s “ignorant” tweet about gender-affirming surgery.

Hair stylist extraordinaire and fierce LGBTQ+ advocate Jonathan Van Ness has once again shut down anti-trans discourse in a brilliant clap back at Elon Musk’s latest tweet about the trans and gender non-conforming community. 

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is poised to purchase Twitter for $44 billion, is no stranger to controversy, after once saying that pronouns are a “nightmare” and sharing a meme mocking those who disclose their pronouns in their social media bio. The meme sparked fury from many LGBTQ+ people and allies.

Musk is now being accused of spreading misinformation once again after tweeting: “We are simultaneously being told that gender differences do not exist and that genders are so profoundly different that irreversible surgery is the only option.”

The comment was in response to a tweet from author Matt Taibbi who was addressing criticism received for publishing a controversial review of Matt Walsh’s What is a Woman? The original documentary has been met with criticism from trans activists, with LGBTQ Nation describing the film as “anti-trans propaganda”. 

Van Ness was quick to educate Musk about his misconceptions on gender-affirming surgery, while asking the SpaceX CEO to “listen to the trans community” rather than “tweeting about gender”. 

Fans praised Van Ness for speaking out in support of the trans community, while also criticising Musk for his “disingenuous arguments”.

Shortly after his first tweet, Van Ness slammed Elon Musk again for spreading “damaging misinformation about trans people” to his following of nearly 98 million people. Van Ness also suggested that it was hypocritical of Musk to ask social media users to be “less judgy”.

Musk had not publicly responded to Van Ness at time of writing.

 

More: elon musk, Jonathan Van Ness, transphobia, Twitter

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