It’s the start of June, which historically is the time when firms dress their logos up in rainbow hues in both an earnest effort to stand with marginalized queer folks (uncommon and getting rarer) or a cynical ploy to part people from their money (way more widespread).
Elon Musk, chief of Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter, shouldn’t be a traditionalist. For 2 years operating now, he’s opened Pleasure month with a special tactic: Making very loud, very public anti-LGBT statements. However whereas final 12 months’s effort not less than appeared pleasant on its face, this 12 months Musk has upped the ante: Amplifying a documentary that even Twitter’s own content moderators flagged as transphobic hate speech.
Musk quote-tweeted the Each day Wire documentary What Is A Lady? this morning, which launched final June. Those that’ve had the abdomen to look at the movie have known as it “deceptive,” “science-denying,” and “full of transphobic lies.” It was directed by Matt Walsh, the New Republic’s “Transphobe of the Year,” who used a fake pro-LGBT organization to rope actual trans folks into interviews. All part of his “all out assault on gender ideology,” apparently.
When Each day Wire initially tried to “premiere” the movie on Twitter (once more, it got here out final 12 months, this isn’t a premiere), the location’s Belief and Security group marked the video as containing hate speech on grounds of misgendering. When representatives from Each day Wire complained, Musk himself took to Twitter to name the label “a mistake.” That tweet, calling misgendering “at most impolite and positively breaks no legal guidelines,” cemented a change that the site has long hinted at: Misgendering is now, explicitly, allowed on Twitter.
In response, Twitter’s head of Trust and Safety left the site today. Musk personally promoted the Each day Wire documentary, stating that “Every parent should watch this.” Musk’s tweet has over 280,000 likes, and in line with Twitter metrics has been seen almost 40 million instances. He’s actually raised the bar for attacking queer folks throughout pleasure month, but it surely’s not sudden from somebody who’s continually leaned further and further into transphobic behaviors. No marvel his daughter wants nothing to do with him.