The B is Doubling down in a MAJOR way.
Bethenny Frankel defends her controversial comments about pronoun use and gender identity made on the Thursday, September 23 episode of her Just B With Bethenny podcast.
“Nominate me for cancelation,” the former Real Housewives of New York star wrote via Twitter on Monday, September 28. “There are, like, five others before you so take a number.”
In another tweet, Bethenny said she “was absolutely not wrong,” before adding, “I’m going to discuss this again this week. Thankfully I have a platform to clarify what the media loves to distort. PS I’m not afraid of cancelation so not afraid of charged discussions.”
B’s tweets came five days after she talked on her podcast about her 11-year-old daughter Brynn’s school having a discussion about pronoun use.
“We have to go into the fact that I did a Zoom for my daughter’s school and [had] the pronouns conversation with each teacher, each parent, each child,” she explained. “And my daughter says in school, too, that everybody has to say their pronouns. And my daughter didn’t even know what hers were.”
She went on to share a story she heard about a “person with a penis, who identifies as being a girl,” being in a bunk with other girls at a summer camp.
“So the other girls saw a penis,” she said. “They’re 9, 10 years old, so the parents obviously weren’t that happy. … A penis often goes into a vagina often so they might not want that visual so soon.”
Bethenny went on to say that if she was raising a transgender child she would “want my child to go to another camp where there were kids in the same situation.”
She added, “Not every situation is set up to make someone thrive. I know parents who won’t send their children to very athletic school because they’re … not jocks so they’re gonna set them up for not feeling successful. … You can’t make every situation fit. The camp didn’t think it through.”
The former Bravoleb also shared her opinion on inclusive bathrooms in schools, saying, “What happens if a child isn’t ready to make a decision? Don’t a lot of girls in college have a lesbian phase and then they realize that they’re not? Maybe they’re going through something, maybe they want attention, maybe they’re going through a bad breakup. What is the age that someone’s absolutely positive who they are? There’s got to be gray area. … I’ve heard of situations when [people] unmake that decision. What does that mean for that camp? What does that mean for that bunk? Maybe a mother isn’t ready for her child to see a penis in a bunk and understand that child identifies as a girl.”
Before moving on Bethenny clarified that Bryn “understands all this” and notes that she finds the preteen’s knowledge “amazing,” before adding, “She also hasn’t seen a penis. In a camp, she would see girl parts.”
Reactions to Bethenny’s comments were a mixed bag with some telling haters to “stop the witch hunt,” while others called Bethenny’s comments “offensive.”
“No one’s trying to cancel you, just educate you that your discussion was offensive to a lot of people. Maybe this wasn’t the reaction you were expecting, but we need to be more graceful when talking about this stuff on a huge platform,” one fan wrote, while another added, “B not a good way to apologize. Your intro to the podcast WAS offensive. Let’s learn something here.”
Bethenny maintained that she “didn’t do one thing wrong,” saying, “Conversations are healthy. Try it. Doubling down. I’m not a celeb who panics in fear of cancelation Bc I didn’t say something precisely how you needed to hear it. I don’t have a transphobic bone on my body so take it elsewhere. Watch Handmaid’s Tale. Does anyone else feel like social media has become a space for touchy-feely sanctimonious preaching? What happened to people showing us what they ate for breakfast?”
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Source: Us Weekly