Jazz Jennings has no time for transphobia.
The 16-year-old LGBTQ rights activist and transgender icon inadvertently found herself the subject of a heated Twitter debate this week after fellow reality star Derick Dillard, 28, blasted her in a shocking tweet.
Dillard, who stars on TLC’s “Counting On” and is married to Jill Duggar Dillard of “19 Kids and Counting” fame, tweeted a promotional link to Jennings’s show, “I Am Jazz,” Wednesday. In it, he argued that being transgender is “a myth” and a “non-reality.”
The tweet sparked a flurry of responses, with many speaking out in defense of Jennings. “I’m a Christian and I love Jazz. Don’t judge us all by what Derick said,” one person wrote on Twitter. Added another: “People kill themselves because of statements like this, Derick. You’re talking about a teenager. You think God’s all about that?”
Moments later, Dillard attempted to clarify his stance in a response to one Twitter user, and misgendered Jennings in the process.
One person who wasn’t fazed by the online squabble was Jennings herself. On Thursday, she tweeted:
TLC distanced itself from the controversy, too. On Friday, executives released a statement to HuffPost in email, noting, “Derick Dillard’s personal statement does not represent the views of TLC.”
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