Transgender Advocate Janet Mock Says Piers Morgan Sensationalizes Her Story

Transgender Advocate Janet Mock Says Piers Morgan Sensationalizes Her Story

“I was not ‘formerly a man,'” Mock tweeted.

Transgender advocate and writer Janet Mock slammed Piers Morgan for sensationalizing her life story during an interview this week on his CNN program.

In particular, Mock, who has alway identified as female, was upset that Morgan began a question about how she told her boyfriend that she was transgender with the preamble, “you used to be yourself a man.”

“I was not ‘formerly a man,'” Mock tweeted. “Pls stop sensationalizing my life and misgendering trans women.”

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She went on to write, “Nuance in media is nearly impossible but I do hope we continue to write the records of our own lives & relay that nuance #redefiningrealness.”

On Twitter, Morgan hit back, “I've always been 100% supportive of transgender rights – the allegations of me being ‘transphobic’ are as nonsensical as they're offensive.”

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Mock was on the show to promote her new memoir “Redefining Realness.” She told BuzzFeed Tuesday that she was upset Morgan focused so much on her love life and did not dial down more into her advocacy. She also rejected the idea that she was a woman only after undergoing surgery.

“My book is not about Aaron or my relationship, but that's the most sensational thing they want to pull out,” she told BuzzFeed.  ”They're not talking about my advocacy or anything like that, it's just about this most sensationalized … meme of discussion of trans women's lives: ‘We're not real women, so therefore if we're in relationships with men we're deceiving them.'”

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Mock's reaction is in contrast to her demeanor on the program. The interview appeared to be civil and Morgan closed the segment by noting, “I can't think of anyone better to be out there promoting all this than you, Janet Mock.”

A representative for “Piers Morgan Live” declined to comment. Mock did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


  • Rose by any other name

    I can understand her feelings of wanting to focus on her advocacy but to do that she has to understand that for most people, transgender issues are poorly understood and the basics need to be addressed before the education can begin. She WAS born a male regardless of if she looks/thinks/acts/identifies as a woman. So she should accept this and acknowledge it as something significant rather than turn it into an issue that now overshadows her main message.

  • Progressive but outraged

    I didn't see the original inteview with Janet Mock before I saw her on the rebuttal interview with Piers. To be frank, I was thoroughly turned off by her approach. As it happens today is the second interview of a transgender person for a secretarial position in our company and after watching Mock I am disinclined to take the risk of hiring her because I do not want to feel like I put my hand in the blender like Piers did while trying to promote her cause. I thought Mock was a terrible spokesperson for transexuals, a bully and a conMAN with every excuse for herself and none for others (I didn't write the article that bore my name as author, I didn't read the tweets, etc.). For the 7 million years human beings have been on this planet if you have a penis you are a man, if you had a penis you were a man. Mock has come up with some “advanced” interpretation of “gender assignment” unique in the sense that I doubt more than a few dozen people out of the 7 billion of us subscribe to. Now, it might be the correct way to look at the issue, but Mock does not want to explain, she wants to cram it down everyone's throat. Angry black men are not attractive nor appealing,. Neither is an angry transexual, less so when that person is insulting, arrogant without warrant, and twisting all manner of convention by force of being a bully. Piers should have called it for what it was and stopped the nonsense. One transexual is less likely to be hired today because I am not a fool nor willing to be used by transexual nazis in cramming their agenda even past those who are their best friends and crushing them in the process. I'll pass.