CNN is receiving backlash for its misgendering of Dylan Mulvaney, an influential figure in the transgender community, during a segment that revolved around the controversy surrounding Mulvaney’s collaboration with Bud Light. Correspondent Ryan Young referred to Mulvaney using incorrect pronouns, opting for “he” and “him” instead of the influencer’s preferred pronouns. It is worth mentioning that Dylan Mulvaney has consciously chosen to retain his male name and has not transitioned to a female name, indicating a potential intention to catch people off guard and prompt misgendering.
Furthermore, Young mistakenly pronounced Mulvaney’s first name as “Dylvan,” although this could possibly be pardoned as a minor slip of the tongue during live speech, without implying any disbelief in the name “Dylan” itself.
In a broadcast that sparked backlash, neither Young nor host Kate Bolduan rectified the misgendering or mispronunciation, exacerbating the backlash. Young was quoted as saying:
“He, of course, is the transgender person they were going to sponsor and go along with, with Bud Light, but [trans activists] didn’t like how Bud Light didn’t stand by him after all this,”
Of course, hardly anyone shows much concern regarding this matter. Mulvaney’s gender is quite apparent, and for the average individual who doesn’t engage in political contemplation regarding sexuality or gender, relying on visual cues such as one’s appearance is usually the most reliable way to ascertain their gender.
Nevertheless, considering CNN’s self-proclaimed status as an enlightened, left-leaning network that actively opposes transphobia and similar concerns, one would expect them to, at the very least, use the correct pronouns. However, it seems that the current state of affairs has become so absurd that even CNN struggles to keep pace.
At the time of reporting, neither Young, Bolduan, nor “CNN News Central” had acknowledged the backlash. CNN had not provided an immediate response to requests for comment.