“I Am Jazz” star Jazz Jennings has spoken out about “cyber-bullying” in the wake of Derick Dillard saying that “transgender is a myth.”
“Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story,” Jennings wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “Today was no different.”
On Wednesday, Dillard, who is married to Jill Duggar Dillard and appears on the “19 Kids and Counting” spinoff “Counting On,” retweeted TLC’s promotional tweet about “I Am Jazz,” the show that documents the life of the 16-year-old transgender girl. It premiered in 2015.
“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality,” he wrote. “‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”
Many called on the network to take action against Dillard and some users called his tweet a form of bullying, to which he later wrote, “I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.”
A user responded, “you mean her. Use the right pronoun if you have no issue,” which sparked a debate among other users.
TLC released a statement to TheWrap about the matter, saying, “Derick Dillard’s personal statement does not represent the views of TLC.”
See the tweets below.
Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different.
— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) August 3, 2017
I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) August 3, 2017