Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson doesn’t believe the transgender community exists.
Carlson made the claim yesterday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, during a segment on gender-neutral pronouns with guest Cathy Areu.
Carlson mocked the use of preferred pronouns as sounding like someone speaking with an accent, and compared them to pidgin English.
He led Areu through an exercise of using pronouns like ze, zir, cos, hir, and yo in place of he and her. One sentence Carlson provided was, “He asked himself whether his gender pronouns were mildly confusing to others.”
“The transgender community has embraced this,” said Areu, who frequently represents progressives on Fox News. “I think it’s not a matter of grammar—grammar wise it’s easy.”
“First of all, there’s no community,” Carlson interrupted. “What does that even mean?”
— Cathy Areu (@AreuCathy) April 4, 2018
Earlier in the segment, when Areu said the use of gender neutral pronouns was “accepted by the LGBTQIA community,” Carlson responded by telling her, I know a number of members of that community have never heard of any of this, but whatever.”
Carlson added that he would resist being “drafted” into any communities himself, and insists using gender-neutral pronouns will soon become mandatory.
“All change is good [and] everything is mandatory, those are the two rules we live by now,” he asserted.
Last year, Carlson criticized the use of the acronym LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP (Lesbian, Gay, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Demisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Twospirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Allies, Pansexual and Polyamorous) for an inclusiveness training course for teachers in Ontario. He claimed the acronym “may soon be required at schools.”
Carlson also asked a transgender guest, “If I were to decide tomorrow that I was a 47-year-old woman, should I be allowed to go shower in a women’s locker room?