Former Fox News and NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly is facing backlash after criticizing a non-binary character in the upcoming Transformers film, who uses the pronouns “they/them”. Kelly, who has been embroiled in controversies related to race, gender and sexuality in the past, took to Twitter to express her disapproval of the character, named “Jazz”.
In her tweet, Kelly called the character “disgusting” and said, “I’m so tired of SJW pandering nonsense.” The term SJW refers to social justice warriors, a derogatory term often used to criticize progressive activism.
Kelly’s tweet was met with immediate criticism, with many accusing her of transphobia and insensitivity towards non-binary people. Some pointed out that the character’s inclusion in the film was a positive step towards representation and inclusivity.
The non-binary character in question is voiced by actor and comedian J.B. Smoove in the latest installment of the Transformers franchise, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”. The film is set to be released in 2022.
The criticism of Kelly’s tweet comes amid growing discussions and debates around gender identity and pronouns. More and more people are identifying as non-binary, and are seeking recognition and acceptance in a society that has historically been binary and rigid in its gender roles and expectations.
In response to the criticism, Kelly doubled down on her stance, stating that “This is not a political issue, it’s a biological issue.” However, many have pointed out that gender identity is not purely biological, and that social and cultural factors also play a significant role.
The controversy surrounding Kelly’s tweet highlights the ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community, and the importance of representation and acceptance in media and popular culture. It also serves as a reminder of the power and responsibility of public figures and media personalities to use their platforms for positive and inclusive messaging.