Which party is spewing hatred?

I avoided it at first because blegh, but let’s take a look at that letter of former Ellen now Elliot Page’s.

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The third paragraph:

My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now, and knowing how much privilege I carry, I’m also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes,’ and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I also want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone, it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being ‘cancelled,’ you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.

People who have investigated the murder statistics point out that most of the murders of trans women are of sex workers; it’s well known that sex work is dangerous, in the sense that johns can turn violent. It’s not clear that all the murdered trans women were murdered because trans as opposed to because sex workers. If a trans woman tries to climb Everest and dies in the attempt it’s not necessarily because the trans woman is trans.

And about this “spewing hostility” and “you have blood on your hands” and “you unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage” – none of that is true. I can easily believe that in real, physical, face to face life there is hostility and mockery, because people police people who are being unusual in public. But that’s not what Page is talking about, because Page is angry at “those with a massive platform” – which I think has to mean Rowling first of all, since Page is a movie actor and the Potter movies loom large. Rowling didn’t “spew hatred” or anything resembling it. Social media ragers said she did, and they were lying when they said it. Page appears to have accepted the lies as simple truth. Page’s ragey denunciation takes up most of the room in the letter. It’s all very McCarthy, very Hate Week, very gullible and destructive.

Thanks to Sastra for highlighting that bit of the letter.

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