Yesterday was Transgender Day of Visibility and, of course, failed morning host Megyn Kelly couldn’t let such an important moment pass without making a snarky transphobic remark.
Yesterday, she retweeted a tweet by Padma Lakshmi urging parents to accept their children no matter what.
“If you can’t accept your child for who they’re telling you they are, then you have no business being a parent,” Lakshmi wrote.
She followed it up with an explainer on the differences between gender, sex, and sexual orientation.
Gender: used to describe characteristics that are socially constructed, encompasses a range of identities
Sex: a label initially assigned by a doctor at birth
Sexual orientation: emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 31, 2021
In response, the former-Fox-News-host-turned-podcaster called Lakshmi’s tweet “idiotic” then encouraged people to read all the transphobic responses, which she found “spectacular.”
“The responses to this idiotic tweet are spectacular,” Kelly wrote.
The responses to this idiotic tweet are spectacular. https://t.co/mZrA6yJg7p
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) April 1, 2021
But we’d argue the responses to Kelly’s idiotic tweet are way more spectacular.
Here’s how folx responded to her thinly veiled transphobia…
Here’s the thing Megyn. I admittedly don’t understand all the ins and outs of what it means to be transgender. It’s confusing and new to me, like it is to many. But why should it take having to confront it in your own family to be sensitive and accepting that it’s real?
— DF (@DF72811) April 1, 2021
Think Padma is spot on actually. However some of the responses are ridiculous. Obviously most coming from the religious freaks, gods, fairytales and myths brigade
If by “spectacular” you mean incredibly sad and discouraging, you would be correct.
— China 💕 RUV 💕 Biden (@ultraglide87) April 1, 2021
Megyn Kelly disappoints me more and more
— Thabo Ntsako Baloyi (@Thabo_Baloyi_) April 1, 2021
Your children are still young. I pray for you that you can be open and accepting for them should they ever require it.
— Jai (@caperjaimers) April 1, 2021
Always better to listen and guide as a parent. Because #kids
— Aaron Nodolf (@RazorSharpMinds) April 1, 2021
You mean the responses from people pretending not to get the point and joking about kids saying they’re unicorns? Yeah, super clever.
— Waldo Lydecker (@SuspiciousHamst) April 1, 2021
Your own response is not exactly a twitter highlight.
— Brian Richardson (@brichtimp) April 1, 2021
It’s kind of hard to take advice for someone who worked for Fox and voted for Trump
— John Bryant (@Daddyatorr) April 1, 2021
The responses here aren’t much better . Good grief
— lora corrado (@LoraCorrado) April 1, 2021
What a sad take. I feel for your children.
— J Killing it (@jarensel) April 1, 2021
No, Megyn there is nothing wrong with allowing a child to express themselves in a healthy manner.
— nonexistent (@SNU_DeltaPi1113) April 1, 2021
There’s a reason you work out of your basement now.
— donna januario (@DonnaJanuario) April 1, 2021
Of course, this isn’t the first time Kelly has spewed transphobic nonsense on Twitter. Last December, she attacked trans activist Zinnia Jones, calling her “unwell” for remarks she made about puberty blockers.
Then there was the time she invited a panel of all cisgender people on her failed morning show to talk about Scarlett Johansson’s controversial casting as a trans man in the film Rub & Tug.
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.