Target: Discover Communications CEO David M. Zaslav
Goal: Cancel reality show featuring a homophobic and transphobic woman who promotes her hateful attitudes in the community
It recently came to light that Michelle Duggar of the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting has been using a recorded robocall to spread hateful lies about transgender individuals. The recording references an upcoming vote by the Fayetteville, California city council on an ordinance that would recognize the true gender of trans women and prevent them from being arrested when they use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms within the city. Michelle Duggar misgenders trans women in the message, saying that the ordinance would allow men into female-only areas.
Worse, Duggar compares trans women to child molesters and other predators by saying “I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions who claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.” This makes absolutely no sense, seeing as women can also be child predators and no matter what the gender, convicted child predators are never in any circumstances allowed around children.
On top of this, Michelle and her husband Jim Bob showed their hatred for gay couples when, after asking people to post pictures of themselves kissing their spouses on the show’s Facebook page, they deleted a photo of a gay man kissing his husband and banned him from the page.
In a time when LGBTQ individuals are still harassed, assaulted, and murdered for being who they are, these kinds of attitudes cannot be tolerated. Sign this petition to urge TV station TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting. Hateful bigots who are actively attempting to maintain discrimination against trans persons should not be rewarded with a television show. Make sure TLC knows that you don’t approve of bigot-run television.
Dear Mr. Zaslav,
I recently learned that Mrs. Michelle Duggar, who is employed by your company as part of the show 19 Kids and Counting, is using her spare time to spread hateful lies and dangerous prejudice towards trans women. She created a robocall recording that goes out to citizens of Fayetteville, CA that both misgenders trans women and compares them to child predators. All this over a city ordinance that would simply allow trans women to use the correct facilities, including bathrooms, locker rooms, and sleeping areas.
Michelle Duggar claims this ordinance will put cisgender women and girls in danger, but if you look at the facts, you see that there has never been a recorded case of a trans woman attacking anyone in a women’s bathroom. However, trans women frequently face harassment, assault, and even murder for using the men’s bathroom. Duggar’s active prejudice is putting these vulnerable individuals in danger.
I wanted to know whether you are willing to continue to be associated with anti-LGBTQ hatred. The Duggars have been criticized for homophobic actions in the past, and now Michelle is actively seeking to harm trans women by denying them the right to use the appropriate bathroom. If you do not wish to be known as the channel that hosts bigots, you must immediately cancel 19 Kids and Counting and refuse to do business with this family. I implore you to do the right thing for people who are only trying to live their lives the way that feels right to them.
[Your Name Here]
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