A Twitter spokesperson told CNN that Linehan’s account, @glinner, “has been permanently suspended after repeated violations of our hate behavior and platform manipulation rules.”
CNN’s requests for comment by email from Linehan representatives were not returned.
Newspaper reports from The Guardian and The Irish Post indicate that his account was closed after the actor tweeted, “Men are not women,” in response to a tweet from the Women’s Institute – a UK-based women’s organization. Kingdom – wishing Happy Transgender Members Pride Month.
Irishman Linehan has been charged with making transphobic comments in the past. He had previously compared trans activists to Nazis, according to British media Metro.
In another incident earlier this year, the BBC received 115 complaints from viewers after Linehan – in an interview with BBC Newsnight – compared children questioned by their gender to children experienced in Nazi Germany.
Shon Faye, a transgender British writer, wrote that she was happy that Linehan was part of Twitter.
“Like any trans woman with a” platform “here, I was subjected to her frightening obsessive misogyny. But now I really want him to get the help he so badly needs. “The critical genre” is a feverish cult which does no good to its supporters, ” Faye wrote, referring to feminists who deny the same rights to transgender women.
Linda Riley, who previously worked for GLAAD, the LGBTQ-founded media watchdog, also welcomed Linehan’s dismissal, calling him a “bigot”.
Linehan is not the only high profile figure to be called on to say that transgender women are not women.
Author JK Rowling expressed similar views, including in a 3,600-word long essay earlier this month.
The author suffered a backlash, notably from the movie star “Harry Potter” Emma Watson. Watson did not call Rowling specifically, but a few hours after the publication of the essay, she wrote on Twitter: “Trans people are what they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or saying that they are not who they say they are.”
Attempts to exclude transgender women from the feminist movement by claiming that they are not “real” women are not a new phenomenon, even if transgender women face serious and dangerous consequences for their lives.
“When society dehumanizes and continually diminishes the dignity and identity of transgender people, when politicians undermine the lives and rights of transgender people, it sends a dangerous signal to those who discriminate (or against) or even attack the transgender community, “Sarah McBride, national press officer for the Human Rights Campaign, told CNN last year.
It was after a 2019 Human Rights Campaign report found that an average of at least 22 transgender and non-gendered people had been victims of fatal violence per year, in the seven years the organization had followed anti-transgender violence.