Cancel culture warriors are on the warpath, dragging out a recording from 2018 in an attempt to bring down a conservative British MP.
Kemi Badenoch, the UK’s equalities minister allegedly mocked LGBTQ rights, questioned same-sex marriage, and called trans women “men” in an audio recording obtained by VICE World News.
“It’s no longer about minority rights in terms of race any more or nationality,” Badenoch says in the recording, “...it’s not even about sexuality now, it’s now like the whole transgender movement, where, we’ve got gay marriage and civil partnerships, so what are transsexuals looking for?”
“Even when people hear about the whole bathroom thing,” Badenoch continues, “it’s actually more of an American thing but they have a similar problem, so now it’s not just about being free to marry who you want, you now want to have men using women’s bathrooms.”
Even though the alleged recording was made in 2018, the Labor Party and extremist supporters are appealing to rulings made after the event to stir outrage.
Misgendering trans women may go against UK equality laws. An employment tribunal ruling in 2019 concluded that, “Calling a trans woman a man is likely to be profoundly distressing. It may be unlawful harassment.” An employment tribunal appeal in 2021 backed this up, ruling “the Claimant [cannot] go about indiscriminately ‘misgendering’ trans persons with impunity”.
Opponents are outraged as Badenoch has been minister for equalities since February 2020. She is currently organising a global conference addressing ways to improve LGBT equality around the world.
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, noted that Badenoch said nothing wrong.
“Transwomen are men. It is a biological fact,” she said.
“It is more than reasonable to ask what it is that they want.
“The opposition and outrage about her comments are simply because she stated facts. They prefer emotions and relying on flimsy feelings in an attempt to enforce their political ideology.”