This week, Elliot Page came out as a transgender when the star of the Umbrella Academy went to Instagram to announce that his pronouns were now he/they, while commenting on the relief of finally being able to pursue his “authentic self.
Renowned for his roles in “Inception” and “Juno”, Page has received great support from Hollywood and fans around the world.
However, transphobia is a very real and widespread problem in our society, and not everyone accepts the announcement of a public figure.
One such person is the conservative YouTuber Steven Crowder, who is condemned in the social media for calling Page a dead name and making transphobic jokes on his show.
On Wednesday, Crowder released the latest episode of his YouTube series “Good Morning Mug Club” and asked his viewers: “Who is Elliot Page?”, and asked his viewers
It’s good to see that Elliot Page immediately goes back to work. pic.twitter.com/3167DREnf5
– Steven Crowder (@scrowder) December 2, 2020
In the clip, Crowder names his dead names and says that his “privilege card was removed” because he was a “heterosexual white man.
Crowder turns to Page and says: “Be prepared for the attacks, because as a heterosexual white man you get no mercy. Then he referred to the character E.T., who dresses in girls’ clothes, while saying “Elliot” in the Steven Spielberg film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The clip was viewed more than 200,000 times on Twitter, where Crowder must expect counter-reactions because of his transphobia – and his attempts at comedy.
“It’s strange to me how Steven Crowder gets on the labels that people pick out for themselves,” one person tweeted. “Especially since he’s been calling himself a ‘comedian’ for years, despite all the evidence suggesting that this is simply not true.
I find it strange how Steven Crowder gets on the labels that people pick out for themselves. Especially since he has been calling himself a ‘comedian’ for years, even though all the evidence suggests that this is simply not true https://t.co/gmrMRSmQEG
– The girl reading this 🙂 (@TheEpicDept) December 3, 2020
While another added, “Steven, how much do you pay these people to laugh at your jokes because it’s not enough.
Steven, how much do you pay these people to laugh at your jokes because it’s not enough?
– christian (@milfs4marx) December 3, 2020
Another person tweeted: “I don’t think Crowder knows what a transman is, or comedy for that matter.
I don’t think Crowder knows what a transvestite is, or comedy for that matter. https://t.co/0svHnKovrU
– H3LL3S (@IAMH3LL3S) December 3, 2020
“That is Amy Schumer’s degree of shrinkage,” said another.
These are Amy Schumer’s thresholds of shudder
– what (@jokerifiedsnake) December 3, 2020
Another person replied: “I hear laughter, but none of it is funny…”
I hear laughter, but none of it is funny…?
– Lawrence Taylor Cappanetti (@cappanetti) December 2, 2020
Another mocks: “Why are you angry? Are you afraid that now that he’s Elliott, you’ll be sexually attracted to him?”
Why are you angry? Are you afraid that now that he is Elliott, you might be sexually attracted to him?
– (@sardinest) December 2, 2020
Crowder has previously targeted the transgender community in his videos and made jokes such as “I identify myself as a dishwasher and demand that you all use my dishwasher pronouns! (via Vice.) He also likes to wear cross dress as part of his bit.
The funniest joke you ever told: pic.twitter.com/tzP95hEIjp
– Andrew (@cooperforyou) December 3, 2020
Page, who joined Instagram this week, thanked his supporters for their help on his trip.
“I cannot begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I have been endlessly inspired by so many in the Trans Community. I thank you for your courage, your generosity and your tireless efforts to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will support you in every way I can and continue to work for a more loving and equal society,” he wrote.
Following Page’s announcement, GLAAD issued a statement in which he emphasized the importance of not using a transperson’s birth name, especially in the media.
“When the birth name of a transsexual person is used in a story, it is almost always implied that it is the ‘real name’ of the person,” the statement said.
“In fact, however, the chosen name of a transsexual person is his or her real name, regardless of whether or not he or she can obtain a legally ordered name change. Many people use names they have chosen for themselves and the media do not mention their birth name when writing about them (e.g. Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg). Transgender people should be given the same respect”.