A woke news reporter working for The Guardian’s US website has been condemned after she took to Twitter to declare that people who question trans ideology are fascists.
‘I think that we’re entering a period when the most meaningful political distinction will be fascist and anti-fascist. It’s really important to understand that transphobia is one of the most potent entry points to fascism today – and act accordingly,’ tweeted Julia Carrie Wong on Sunday.
Wong was quickly taken to task over her woke take by Twitter users who questioned why a news reporter was foisting her opinions on her 59,300 Twitter followers.
‘The game that the political left plays is very simple. Step 1. Declare that there are only 2 groups…fascist and anti-fascist Step 2. Declare that anyone who disagrees with you is a fascist. That’s the game. Stop falling for it,’ tweeted anti-woke account Wokal Distance.
One of The Guardian’s US reporters, Julia Carrie Wong, tweeted how she believes people who question ‘trans ideology’ are facists
Wong made the comments on her personal Twitter account early on Sunday morning
Wong, who has transitioned from a reporter to an editorial role recently continued her Twitter rant for several hours on Sunday morning
Wong, who attended Harvard University and the University of Iowa, became a senior reporter based in San Francisco for The Guardian.
She was one of the outlet’s main technology reporters but last year transitioned to an editorial role and now lives in Brooklyn and commissions features for the website.
Wong’s tweet came in the middle of a rant about transphobia on her Twitter profile.
‘Hard to express how deeply disturbing it is to see the UK media status quo of transphobia being an acceptable bigotry creep into the American press,’ she wrote earlier before adding a follow-up:
‘I don’t have a lot of wins to point to when it comes to fighting this at a publication , but I will say that I think it’s imperative to fight it.’
Staff at the liberal publication – founded in England in 1821 – have been at odds over trans rights in recent years.
The Guardian was among publications that last year ran a story suggesting that an incident where a trans woman flashed her penis in the women’s-only section of an LA spa was a right-wing hoax dreamt-up to embolden transphobia.
Two months later, charges against the alleged flasher were filed.
And in 2020, activist staff circulated a letter complaining at bosses for publishing gender-critical pieces by British columnist Suzanne Moore, who later quit the publication.
Wong was promptly taken to task by fellow Twitter users who attempted to set her straight
Another Twitter user suggested The Guardian would be better off sticking to journalism rather than woke political theories on transgender issues
Another London-based American Guardian journalist, Hadley Freeman, shares her own gender critical views in her Guardian columns and on Twitter, and has been viciously abused for doing so.
Plenty of other Twitter users appeared to fundamentally disagree with Wong’s position and the supposed link between transphobia and fascism.
‘You’re an idiot. Trans activism is causing transphobia. When trans activists physically assault women who are gathering peacefully, or gay people at Pride, or try to incite people to send pipe bombs to women who stand up for women, what do you think the response is going to be?’ wrote one user.
‘I think that we’re entering a period when the most meaningful political distinction will be Guardian columnists and proper journalism,’ retorted another, mirroring Wong’s original tweet.
‘So you’re telling me that as a bloke, I can put on a dress, then hang out in the women’s changing rooms and if anyone objects they’re fascists? Ok then,’ wrote another astute Twitter user.
The crux of the current debate on trans rights largely centers on whether transgender women should be afforded access to all women’s spaces, and whether children who say they are transgender should receive medical treatment before they turn 18.
Some so-called ‘gender-critical’ campaigners – among them Harry Potter author JK Rowling – have suggested that it may be unsafe to let trans women into domestic abuse shelters, or women-only prisons.
But supporters of trans rights say that transgender people are among the most vulnerable to violence, and deserve protection.
Participation in women’s sports is another flashpoint, with the gender-critical movement galvanized by controversial trans UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas.
Thomas, a former UPenn student who transitioned from male to female, sparked worldwide outrage and accusations of unfairness after she took to the pool and broke records, while hammering rivals, in a series of college-level races.
International competitive swimming body FINA has since introduced far harsher rules on letting trans women compete in the sport, after saying athletes who undergo male puberty generally enjoy considerable physical advantages over rivals who go through female puberty, even after hormone treatment.