Former NCAA swimmer and asterisked champion Lia Thomas joined the WBNA’s convicted Russian felon Brittney Griner in calling out critics of biological men competing against biological women, saying they were “transphobic” for suggesting sports divisions should be bifurcated by biological sex.
And Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld wasn’t having any of it, as he mocked Thomas with his trademark wit and humor.
“First, I gotta give the swimmer some credit. Lia’s got some serious balls,” Gutfeld derided. “I mean, to tell feminists how to be a feminist, you gotta say that’s pretty gutsy.”
Gutfeld went on, saying that the issue bothered decent people because it amounted to the formerly mediocre male swimmer “cutting in line” against women doing their best.
“Instinctively almost biologically, human beings do not like line cutters” he asserted. “Men who identify as women in sport, and they win a lot, feels like you’re cutting in line.”
“The fact is no one really cares about adults getting sex changes. You want to change your sex, if your family’s okay with it, we don’t care. Have fun. Do whatever you want. But when you do it mysteriously right before you start engaging in female sports or it involves children, it sets off an alarm, and you immediately get the feeling, no, this isn’t fair,” he added.
Thomas’ own comments came while speaking with another former NCAA swimmer, Schuyler Bailar, who also claims to be a man. The specific remark arose after Thomas was asked by Bailar about a letter sent by Thomas’ female teammates to the NCAA which pleaded with the organization to put an end to the so-called inclusive practice of letting a biological male undress in front of biological in the locker room and then destroy them in the pool.
“They’re using the guise of feminism to sort of push transphobic beliefs. I think a lot of people in that camp sort of carry an implicit bias against trans people, but don’t want to, I guess, fully manifest or speak that out. And so they try to just play it off as this sort of half-support,” Thomas declared.
Gutfeld was far from over with his commentary. He said that even the premise of “infringing on Lia Thomas’ happiness” was absurd since it then didn’t take into account the happiness of the women being competed against.
“The thing that kind of bugs me, we’ve shifted the world so that it’s about everybody’s personal happiness, like you’re infringing on Lia Thomas’ happiness if you say this is wrong, but what about the happiness of all the other people who she beats, or he beats? Whatever, I don’t care about the pronouns. Their happiness means more … because they spent years practicing, they’ve put in the hours, they’re winners, and now they’ve gotta look and go, ‘Well, not winning anymore,’” he concluded.
Griner likewise waded into the same controversy when asked recently about being an advocate for the alleged underrepresented and oppressed trans community.
“Oh, I mean that that ranks high on the on the list of things that I’ll be fighting for and speaking up against, you know, everyone has – everyone deserves the right to play, everyone deserves the right to come here, sit in these seats and feel safe and not feel, um, like there’s a threat or they can’t be who they are or, um, like. Like it’s just all eyes on them. So I think it’s a crime honestly, to separate, um, someone for any reason,” she said.
“So I definitely will be speaking up against those that legislation and those laws that are trying to be passed for sure,” she finished.
Featured image: Greg Gutfeld: By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America – Greg Gutfeld, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=115135174, Lia Thoma: By Iszac Henig (rights holder) – Boston, Massachusetts HRT: Had a Remarkable Time, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=127712460
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