Boy George slammed as ‘transphobic’ after mocking pronouns as a ‘modern form of attention seeking’

Boy George slammed as ‘transphobic’ after mocking pronouns as a ‘modern form of attention seeking’

Singer Boy George has barrelled back into relevancy after saying that use of pronouns is a “modern form of attention seeking”.

The Culture Club singer’s tweets quickly became a lightning rod for criticism from LGBT+ circles, with countless trans and gender-diverse folk slamming the star while his words attracted support from gender-critical groups.

Simply specifying your pronouns, whether on a social media bio or to in an email signature, is a small act that helps encourage inclusivity and building solidarity with the trans community.

But George has kicked off the new decade with a take on pronouns labelled ‘transphobic’ by activists, coming after singer-songwriter Marc Almond faced similar accusations last year. George decried the claims the artist was transphobic as well as ripping into “all this PC stuff”.

Boy George: ‘Leave your pronoun’s at the door!’

On January 6, George for some reason tweeted: “Leave your [pronouns] at the door.”

The tweet proved provocative, with users clashing over its intended meaning as confusion turned to outrage with detractors denouncing the song-writer for targeting the trans community.

But he later responded to a critic’s since deleted tweet who asked the singer “Do you not know what the f**k pronouns are?” according to screenshots.

“A modern form of attention seeking?” George responded.

Backlash quickly bubbled, but before he responded, George criticised why vegans would purchase the meat-free burger from fast-food chain KFC and said he hopes he’s “an alien”.

In response to one fan who tersely tweeted “disappointing” at George’s take, the ‘Don’t Cry’ singer hit back: “Most things are! But being disappointed is the most disappointing.”

Moreover, another user asked George: “What does it take to show others respect by using their preferred pronouns?”

To which George responded: Thanks for that, but I have eyes and can mostly describe what I see!”

But trans folk and allies used their own eyes to describe what they could see: “Transphobia.”

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Amid some users lobbying for the musician to be cancelled, some noted that the artist’s intention have been muddied, chalking up his wording to the singer’s sense of humour.

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While the LGB Alliance, a controversial organisation regularly skewered for being anti-trans, backed George.

PinkNews reached out to Boy George’s management, who replied: “The concept of […] asking whether Boy George is transphobic is so stupid it doesn’t warrant a response.”

Source www.pinknews.co.uk

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