David Tennant Sparks Outrage with 'Shut Up' Comment on Trans Issues

Jeremy Renner Reveals Scars and Resilience on Men's Health Cover.

by Zain ul Abedin
David Tennant Sparks Outrage with 'Shut Up' Comment on Trans Issues
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David Tennant, who is an acclaimed actor notable for his acting in the show "Doctor Who" has recently caused a storm especially after stating some comments targeting Kemi Badenoch, a British equalities minister. The event surfaced when Tennant received the “celebrity ally” award at the British LGBT Awards held recently.

In the video that shortly went viral, Tennant vehemently spoke for trans rights, joining the fight for the side of human dignity, claiming "everyone has the right to be who they want to be." His passionate but controversial speech began to turn to dangerous when he said, "Until we wake up and Kemi Badenoch doesn't exist anymore – I don't wish ill of her, I just wish her to shut up."

Badenoch Strikes Back

Badenoch was not long in replying and typical of the robust, uncompromising political tone that endeared her to those who support her, though upset Tennant.

In X (previously Twitter), she affirmed that no one will cut her voice, to least of all by "a rich, lefty, white male celebrity." She challenged Tennant on the lack of critical thinking jury whatsoever, let alone by a ‘white male celebrity’ yearning for the absence of the only black woman in governance.

She deemed herself as the epitome of a strong woman when she made a defiant tweet on Twitter which received further attention after other influential personalities such as J.

K. Rowling, the world-acclaimed novelist with a questionable stance on radical transgenderism, expressed similar sentiments to those of Badenoch. Rowling amplified journalist Hadley Freeman’s commentary, which critiqued Tennant’s approach: "In the name of kindness and supporting the vulnerable, white man says he hopes black woman soon no longer exists." In her leadership tenure, she has always received accolades for being an influential and at times controversial politician, particularly in issues touching on transgenders.

trans women or otherwise exclude them from women’s bathrooms and sports teams stating that biology should come first in order to protect the rights of women.

Jeremy Renner