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Graham Linehan under fire for comparing trans activism to Nazism

The 'Father Ted' creator was warned by police in October following a harassment complaint from a trans activist

2018-12-13

Graham Linehan has come under fire after comparing transgender activists to Nazism.

The Father Ted creator – who also wrote Black Books and The IT Crowd – was warned by police back in October following a harassment complaint from a transgender activist and it appears the comedy writer is still on his transphobic rant.

Speaking on the internet radio show Derrick Jensen Resistance Radio, he claimed that transgenderism is “something terrible happening like Nazism”.

He said: “People do get very nervous… It’s like putting your hand on a flamethrower.

“The opposition is so extreme and so frightening that eventually everyone is asking you to stop. My feeling is I can’t, because it’s too important.

“It’s too important to the women in my life and it’s too important to me.

“I’m now in a position where I can now answer the question honestly of, if you were around the time of something terrible happening like Nazism, would you be one of the people who said, ‘This is wrong’, despite being opposed?

“When things are wrong, you should be allowed to point out that they’re wrong.”

He also went on to give an example of a negative experience he had with trans people after witnessing a trans man be challenged when trying to enter the female changing room.

“The thing I can easily see happening, because I’ve had experience with these type of people already, is someone in a changing room, a man walks in, absolutely no indication he’s a woman,” he continued.

“The woman challenges it, the man says, ‘No, I’m sorry, I’m a woman, this is my female beard, this is my female penis, and you’re guilty of hate speech.”