What he allegedly said: “Men aren’t women tho”
Graham Linehan, known for creating “The IT Crowd” and co-creating “Father Ted,” has been permanently suspended from Twitter after allegedly making multiple transphobic comments.A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that Linehan’s account, @glinner, “has been permanently suspended after repeated violations of our rules against hateful conduct and platform manipulation.”
CNN requests for comment via email from Linehan’s representatives were not returned. Reports from The Guardian and The Irish Post newspapers say his account was closed after the comedian reportedly tweeted, “men aren’t women tho,” in response to a tweet by the Women’s Institute — a UK-based women’s organization — wishing happy Pride Month to its transgender members.
In another incident earlier this year, the BBC received 115 complaints from viewers after Linehan — in an interview on BBC Newsnight — compared children questioning their gender to children being experimented on in Nazi Germany.
Shon Faye, a British writer who is transgender, wrote that she is glad Linehan is gone from Twitter.”Like any trans woman with a ‘platform’ on here I was subjected to his creepy obsessive misogyny. But I genuinely wish now he gets the help he so badly needs. ‘Gender critical’ is a feverish cult that does its proponents no good,” Faye wrote, referring to feminists who deny the same rights to transgender women.
Linda Riley, who previously worked at GLAAD, the media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people, also praised Linehan’s removal, calling him a “bigot.” Linehan is not the only high-profile figure to be called out for statements claiming transgender women are not women. Author JK Rowling has expressed similar views, most notably in a lengthy 3,600 word essay earlier this month.