Like a loitering drone, the usual RWNJ, Project Veritas styled media product refloats itself by trying to get Twitter to promote its propaganda and disinformation.
The Daily Wire had previously come to an agreement with Twitter to stream the film for 24 hours free of charge, in honor of the documentary’s one-year anniversary. However, co-CEO and co-founder of Daily Wire Jeremy Boreing announced this morning that Twitter had called off the deal, citing the film’s “misgendering” as “hateful conduct.”
The two scenes which Twitter demanded be edited before posting to the platform include an interview with a man who refused to call a local …. councilman a woman and a phone call with an anonymous father who referred to his daughter as “she” instead of “he.”
Trans activists said Walsh had tried to trick people into participating in the film under false pretenses. Walsh's tour to screen the film on college campuses set off protests.
The film features a speech given by Walsh at a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia (he is from Tennessee) that was called so people could express their opinions on Policy 8040, which would allow transgender students to use their preferred name and pronouns as well as allow the students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity. During the speech, Walsh says: "You are all child abusers. You prey upon impressionable children and indoctrinate them into your insane ideological cult, a cult which holds many fanatical views but none so deranged as the idea that boys are girls and girls are boys."
At the end of the film, Walsh's wife defines a woman as "an adult human female," and, handing a jar to her husband, says "who needs help opening this."
Erin Rook of LGBTQ Nation called the film "propaganda" that is "full of transphobic lies", adding that "Walsh paints a frightening image of mutilated children and confused professionals — of an immoral ideology threatening the Western Christian way of life", and that it "provides ammunition for those who seek to deprive transgender people of access to affirming and life-saving healthcare." Gwendolyn Ann Smith of the Bay Area Reporter and co-founder of the Transgender Day of Remembrance argued that "The point of the film, of course, is to paint transgender people and those who support us as deluded, foolish, or both", concluding that "people like Walsh want to paint us as monsters rather than people."
Far worse is the onslaught of discriminatory legislation, and accompanying hateful rhetoric, in a growing number of states. These new laws and regulations are particularly aimed at transgender individuals, who are continually portrayed – including too often in the media -- as some sort of dreaded societal problem about which something must be done.
And, of course, this is all part of a broad and determined effort to go after these communities as part of what some glibly term “the culture wars,” but which often amounts to the politics of cruelty.
There’s an ugly strategy here.
“Here’s what we should do,” instructed the right-wing pundit Matt Walsh recently. “Pick a victim, gang up on it, and make an example of it. We can’t boycott every woke company or even most of them. But we can pick one, it hardly matters which, and target it with a ruthless boycott campaign. Claim one scalp and then move on to the next.”
You heard him: “It hardly matters which.” It’s not so much, in other words, that Anheuser-Busch should get pounded for the supposed sin against decency of working with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney through a Bud Light sponsorship, or that Target stocks a modicum of merchandise that recognizes the gay and trans communities as human beings.