One of the worst aspects of Elon Musk’s Twitter reign is the reinstatement of transphobe Graham Linehan’s account. The “Father Ted” writer and dedicated transmisogynist has spend the last few years messing up every opportunity for continued relevance in favor of bullying and harassing trans folks online. And now we have to deal with it on Twitter, all over again.
The real kicker is that Linehan—who, again, has been harassing trans women online for YEARS—claims that his transmisogyny is a result of his deep love and respect for women. Because TERFs, as we all know, believe that the existence of trans women somehow erases or negates their own identities as cis women. Don’t ask me to explain because the logic, it just ain’t there.
There’s just one tiny flaw in Linehan’s logic: actual champions of women don’t slut shame, surgery-shame, or bully other women, whether cis or trans. And they certainly don’t focus their energy on hating on one of the world’s most beloved and genuinely philanthropic women, the magisterial Dolly Parton.
And yet that’s just what this great “defender of women” did on Twitter.
Graham Linehan has spent every single day since his return from a lifetime ban insulting a string of celebrities. Purely because they won’t join his trans hate campaign. And he says things like this 👇 while claiming to be a ‘women’s rights’ defender. pic.twitter.com/XnZ68sj8Iu
— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) January 3, 2023
Let’s take a moment to remember and appreciate everything Dolly Parton has done and continues to do, not just for the queer community but for the global community. An outspoken supporter of gay rights since the 90s, when it was still considered a big political risk to voice queer allyship. Her song “Coat of Many Colors” remains an enduring queer anthem, and lest we forget this woman helped fund the Moderna vaccine, in what remains one of the most selfless and responsible uses of personal wealth in American history.
She also started the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a service that sends free books to kids across the country. Let’s be real: when you look up the word “mentsch” in the dictionary, you’ll find Dolly Parton’s picture.
This is a Dolly Parton appreciation tweet. ✨👏 https://t.co/FmQ1nIRahX
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) January 9, 2023
Even without all this, she’s simply a delightful person and an incredible talent. It really takes a lot to try and hate Dolly Parton. It’s like trying to hate a basket of f*cking kittens! And yet Linehan went there.
I cannot believe Graham Lineham has now decided that coming for Dolly Parton aka The Booklady, aka The Queen of our Queer Hearts is actually a good idea. https://t.co/wnn2PZRJpf
— Kat Lyons (@Words_and_weeds) January 3, 2023
@DollyParton is an absolute legend, she has done so much for this world and does it with grace and dignity, graham has spent the last four years consumed with hate and transphobia, he’s not worthy to lick her boots, shame on him. pic.twitter.com/1y4QK4RWc0
— steve morgan the happy lad (@twistedsteve76) January 4, 2023
Dolly hive, pull up.
I don’t think anyone is beyond saving. I think with effort, care, and understanding anyone can overcome having been seduced by a hateful ideology… except for Graham Linehan who hates Dolly Parton. That’s the sign of a diseased soul. pic.twitter.com/9dcLzCPaxj
— Brendan (@ShakeHandsBNice) January 9, 2023
If you’re not on Team Dolly, you’re beyond hope.
graham linehan hates dolly parton… who in tf has room in their hearts for hatred of dolly parton??? https://t.co/uHYXc8PtWC
— ֆʟօǟռɛ-ʟʏֆɮɛȶɦ (@SloaneFragment) January 9, 2023
Someone find this man a hobby that doesn’t involve bullying women!