Page 6 learned that Andy Cohen is now facing the wrath of certain social media users after Andy Cohen defended Senator Claire McCaskill for allegedly using the wrong term to refer to transgender people.
During an MSNBC interview Wednesday, the ex-Missouri politician used the term “transsexual” instead of “transgender”, leading some social media users to blow her up. Andy Cohen used his platform to defend them, saying it was likely an honest mistake.
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In a tweet, Cohen wrote that she simply “misspelled it” and there was no need for her to think about it a second time. According to page 6, many people on the internet were not happy with the fact that Andy was allegedly “unable” to defend transgender people or decide whether to be offended by it.
I am so sorry for using a hurtful term last night. I was tired but never got a good excuse. People misinterpreted what I was trying to say. Our party should never leave our struggle for 4 equality for trans people or anyone who has been marginalized by hatred. My record reflects that.
– Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) November 5, 2020
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Page 6 picked up a number of tweets from disgruntled users who claimed Andy was just a “cis guy” making millions of dollars interviewing reality stars and other celebrities. Another person urged him not to speak for her.
You don’t speak for me Think about it several times. https://t.co/A5z4EFdo7Q
– THEY🏳️⚧️HULK (@bizmichael) November 5, 2020
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Not everyone was mad at Cohen and McCaskill, however. For example, one person claimed the “bunch” was unnecessary because the Senator has been supporting transgender people for ages. The Twitter user went on to say that the lesson of being more careful with language had already been learned.
McCaskill responded to the controversy and admitted he was tired. She said she used a “hurtful term” and it was an honest mistake. She added that her records reflect the fact that she is often on the side of protecting marginalized communities.
According to page 6, which the website researched for GLADD, the term “transsexual” is no longer the youngest and politically correct word for transgender. For some, it’s offensive and goes back to a different time when transgender people were more discriminated against than it is today.
Cohen and McCaskill are said to have worked together for a long time. They once hosted an event to promote his book Superficial, which was marketed as the media personality’s personal diary.