“Faámelu, who is transgender, said that transphobia is pervasive in the city and neighboring countries”
Is there something in the water over at CBS News? Last week, they did a report claiming that America’s economic problems were caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Now, as the country is under attack, the network has produced a story about transphobia in Ukraine, focusing on the plight of one particular transgender person.
Must every issue be viewed through the lens of a social justice warrior?
Li Cohen writes at CBS News:
“A war within a war”: Transgender woman says transphobia and discriminatory laws keeping her hostage in Kyiv during Russian invasion
Zi Faámelu was born and raised in Crimea, an area of Ukraine that was invaded and taken over by Russia in 2014. Now the 31-year-old lives in Kyiv, the capital city that has been under Russian siege for nearly a week. She is running out of food and hasn’t left her house for days as gunfire erupts outside.
And she says she can’t leave.
Faámelu, who is transgender, said that transphobia is pervasive in the city and neighboring countries, and fears that if she leaves, the tension of the ongoing conflict will make her more susceptible to violence. Faámelu was previously a popular contestant on the Ukrainian singing competition show “Star Factory.”…
For days, Faámelu said, she has had to keep the lights off in her apartment and keep the windows closed. She lives alone, her friends have all left the city, and she said it seems like she may be one of the only people left in her building at all. She lives near a building in Kyiv that had been hit by a missile.
She fears what could await her outside.
“Many people have guns and weapons. … It can be an excuse for violence,” she said. “…This is a very scary situation.”
CBS News even promoted the story with a highly produced video on Twitter:
Transgender acceptance in Ukraine is not widespread, and changing legal documents to match gender requires a long process with psychiatric examinations. CBS News spoke with one woman in Kyiv who is now battling a "war within a war" amid Russia's invasion https://t.co/DJ6vFwmLuR pic.twitter.com/7Qp4eTCGMt
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 1, 2022
This caused a very strong reaction on Twitter and, to be clear, people are not ridiculing the person at the center of the story, but CBS News which looks ridiculous for publishing this.
CBS execs be like… "yea it's a war, but how do we make it a gay war?" https://t.co/LFvKEMCYOG
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) March 1, 2022
This is what CBS thinks to cover in Ukraine 🙄 https://t.co/DqzPzjDahd
— Inez Stepman ⚪️🔴⚪️ (@InezFeltscher) March 1, 2022
This is not a “war within a war.” That phrasing minimizes the literal warfare, refugee migration & casualties happening right now.
CBS spotlights trans woman in Kyiv who is upset she may not be able to leave the country because males of fighting age aren’t allowed to flee. https://t.co/dYtyxecTG2
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) March 1, 2022
World to end, transgendered hit hardest. https://t.co/IUnFtrpFID
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) March 1, 2022
The world doesn’t have to be this stupid https://t.co/pPBtBsZF5S
— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) March 1, 2022
Ukraine is cancelled. https://t.co/JdZAd3bDQD
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) March 1, 2022
— #IStandWithUkraine James (@jamesasm) March 1, 2022
The college campusification of America is nearly complete.
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