US actress Gina Carano has been harassed online for refusing to post her ‘preferred pronouns’ on social media.
Trans activists demanded that Carano, who appears in the Star Wars TV series ‘The Mandalorian’, indicate in her Twitter profile if she wanted to be referred to as he or she, or so-called gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘zie’ or ‘zem’.
She refused, saying: “I won’t be putting them in my bio but good for all you who choose to”, adding that she supports people’s “freedom to choose”.
The actress’s statement resulted in months of bullying and insults. Some internet trolls called her a “Racist”, “Transphobe”, and “Weirdo”, while others said: “I hope you die”, “I hope you lose your career” or “your [sic] fat, you’re ugly”.
100% to do with exposing the bullying mentality of the mob that has taken over the voices of many genuine causes
In response, Carano announced her pronouns were “beep/bop/boop” – a reference to Star Wars character R2D2 – to draw attention to the online abuse she had suffered.
She was then accused of “mocking trans people”, and activists called for her to be fired by Disney, which owns the Star Wars franchise.
However, the actress explained: “Beep/bop/boop has zero to do with mocking trans people & 100% to do with exposing the bullying mentality of the mob that has taken over the voices of many genuine causes.”
Last year, schoolchildren in Brighton and Hove were offered council-backed ‘pronoun badges’ to encourage them to promote transgender ideology by indicating their chosen ‘gender identity’.
As well as ‘he/him/his’ and ‘she/her/hers’, children could choose ‘they/them/theirs’ while some badges left a blank space for children to write their own alternative pronouns. Others marked out children as ‘trans allies’ – those who are not transgender but say they support the ideology.
Alongside the badges, children were offered stickers bearing different slogans, such as “Gender is a spectrum” and “Respect my pronouns, respect me”.
Although classed as optional, the council said they wanted children to wear them to discourage others from ‘misgendering’ children who identify as the opposite sex.
Earlier this month it was revealed that civil servants in Northern Ireland risk being sacked if they do not use transgender people’s preferred pronouns, after new rules were brought in while the Stormont Assembly was suspended.
The rules dictate that “names and pronouns should be followed in accordance with the individual’s wishes”. Failure to do so would be treated as harassment and could lead to disciplinary action including dismissal.