With Oxygen gearing up to premiere Strut (Sept. 20 at 9/8c), a show about the first all-trans modeling agency, we are producing a series of articles to bring you the latest on trans news, trends and information. Unfortunately, not everyone is on the side of trans people. Here's a list of 6 celebs who have thrown some transphobic shade. Watch the Strut trailer and check out the list below.
1. Azealia Banks
Despite having a largely LGBT fanbase and occaisionally rapping about queerness, Azealia Banks has never really let up on the transphobic or homophobic comments since the start of her career. Back in 2013, Banks lashed out at Angel Haze, saying over twitter (since-deleted, of course), "YOU HAVE AN ADAMS APPLE THO!!!! .... LOL MY WEAVES COST MORE THAN WHAT YOU GOT IN YOUR ADVANCE!" and "Sir! please fix your tuck! your dick is showing!!!!"
More recently, the notorious social media villainess has resorted to lame transphobic trash talking against Zayn Malik, saying the following over Instagram (once again, since-deleted):
2. Drake Bell
Remember Drake Bell? That Nickelodeon star? I didn't either until he piped up about Caitlyn Jenner following the release of her Vanity Fair Cover:
Drake was pressed to say sorry by fans and activists alike, but continued to misgender the legendary athlete in his half-asssed apology:
Back to obscurity with you!
3. Chris Brown
At this point, Breezy is just as well known for being hateful and terrible as he is for being talented. He, too, felt the need to make some nasty commentary re: Caitlyn Jenner:
Luckily, Caitlyn's daughter clapped back with a classy response:
4. Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers may have been the queen of insult comedy, but that doesn't mean she never took it too far. Take, for example, a badly delivered joke about Barack and Michelle Obama. When asked if America will ever have a gay president, Rivers reportedly replied: "We already have it with Obama, so let's just calm down," she said. "You know Michelle is a trans."
Joan doubled down on the comment, saying, "I think it's a compliment. She's so attractive, tall, with a beautiful body, great face, does great makeup. Take a look and go back to La Cage Au Follies [sic]. The most gorgeous women are transgender. Stop it already."
5. Curt Schilling
If I knew anything about sports, I'd probably know about Curt Schilling, who is apparently a legendary baseball player and ESPN analyst. Turns out he's also a massive bigot, posting a handful of memes and crass comments about trans people on social media.
According to US Magazine, Schilling shared the following image over Facebook:
When reprimanded, Schilling also doubled down, writing a long screen shot about "the hunt to be offended."
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” he commented on his repost. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
6. Neil Patrick Harris
Here's one that's kind of surprising: back in 2011, openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris used an anti-trans slur on TV, accompanied by an insulting deep-voiced impression of a trans person. Harris quickly responded to criticism with what appears to be a totally sincere apology:
Harris has otherwise been a rather model LGBT advocate, with GLAAD commenting the following shortly after the incident: "Neil Patrick Harris is an incredible force for LGBT inclusion and equality. He stars on one of the most popular shows in the country, he's an immensely talented and charismatic individual, and he's an excellent family man to boot. We hope that others who might not see this as a 'big deal' will take the opportunity to rethink the way they approach the transgender community." [Feautred Image: Getty Imgages]