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Jazz Jennings Takes The High Road In Response To Derick Dillard’s Transphobic Tweet

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Transgender activist and reality star Jazz Jennings has responded to Derick Dillard’s transphobic tweets aimed at her, and she is going high à la Michelle Obama.

Dillard, husband of Jill Duggar and star of TLC’s Counting On, attacked Jennings with a series of tweets on Wednesday, calling out both her TV show and her gender identity.

“What an oxymoron…” he tweeted in response to TLC’s promotional tweet of I Am Jazz, “a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”

When a Twitter user challenged him, asking: “Is it necessary for a grown man to throw shade at a teenage girl?” Dillard replied, “I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.”

In this response, Dillard not only slammed the transgender community, but he also intentionally misgendered the teen in an effort to erase her identity.

On Thursday, Jennings responded to the tweets in the classiest manner.

“Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story,” the 16-year-old wrote, “Today was no different.”

TLC  released a statement to People promising that Dillard’s views in no way represent the views of TLC, and people on Twitter are throwing their supporting behind Jennings, supporting her for having the courage to be herself.

Jennings’ response is powerful both because it shows her poise and because it suggests just how often people in the transgender community are misgendered and bullied just for daring to be who they are.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
Writer. Boxed mac & cheese aficionado. I tried to start a girl-band when I was 12.
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