A Twitter spokesman told CNN that Linehan’s account, @glinner, “has been permanently suspended after repeated violations of our rules against hateful behavior and platform manipulation.”
CNN’s requests for email comments from Linehan’s representatives were not returned.
Reports from The Guardian and The Irish Post newspapers say his account was closed after the comedian tweeted “men are not women” in response to a tweet from the Women’s Institute – a UK-based women’s organization. – who wish to be happy Month of pride to its transgender members.
Irishman Linehan has been accused of making transphobic comments in the past. He had previously compared trans activists with the Nazis, according to the British Metro outlet.
In another incident earlier this year, the BBC received 1
15 complaints from viewers after Linehan – in an interview on BBC Newsnight – compared children who question their gender with children who are experimenting in Nazi Germany.
Shon Faye, a British transgender writer, wrote that she was happy that Linehan left Twitter.
“Like any trans woman with a” platform “here I have been subjected to her disturbing obsessive misogyny. But now I sincerely wish that she will get the help she needs so much.” Critical Gender “is a feverish cult that is not good for its supporters,” Faye wrote
, referring to feminists who deny the same rights to transgender women.
Linda Riley, who previously worked at GLAAD, the media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people, also praised the removal of Linehan, calling him a “bigot”.
Linehan isn’t the only high-profile figure to be called in for statements that claim that transgender women are not women.
Author JK Rowling expressed similar views, particularly in a long 3,600-word essay earlier this month.
The author faced a backlash, including “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson. Watson didn’t call Rowling specifically, but a few hours after the essay was published, she did wrote on Twitter:
“Trans people are what they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or informed that they are not who they say they are.”
Attempting to exclude transgender women from the feminist movement by arguing that they are not “real” women is not a new phenomenon, even if transgender women face serious and dangerous consequences for their existence.
“When society continuously dehumanizes and diminishes the dignity and identities of transgender people, when we have politicians who undermine the lives and rights of transgender people, it sends out a dangerous signal to those who would discriminate (or even attack) the transgender community,” Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, told CNN last year.
This was after a 2019 human rights campaign report found that on average at least 22 transgender and non-compliant gender people had been victims of deadly violence each year, in the seven years the organization tracked down anti-violence -transgender.
CORRECTION: an earlier version of this story misinterpreted Graham Linehan’s nationality. Linehan is Irish.