Sometimes, revolutions begin in unexpected places.
One such example came on Friday night at Bill Maher’s TV studio in Los Angeles where I was appearing on his “Real Time” show alongside rising Democrat star Rep. Katie Porter–the woman who wants to replace Dianne Feinstein as Senator for California.
We debated the backlash to 26-year-old transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney’s controversial promotion of Bud Light beer, and I made the point that far more concerning was Mulvaney’s mockery of sportswomen in a new Nike commercial.
I said that for someone who identified as a gay man until last year to be sporting a women’s sports bra, despite having no breasts, as “they” pranced around like a clueless non-athlete, mimicking how a misogynist would scornfully depict a woman doing sport, struck me as an offensive slap in the face to actual women.
And to my surprise given how liberal Maher’s audience tends to be, my comments were met with loud applause.The same thing happened when I interrupted Porter’s disingenuously deflecting defense of trans people’s rights to say: “Nobody’s questioning trans rights to fairness and equality, what I would question is where trans rights to fairness and equality begin to erode or even destroy, as we’re seeing in women’s sport, the rights of women to fairness and equality.”