Fox News correspondent Tomi Lahren flipped oppressor and victim when she went after LGBTQ people for allegedly “attacking” traditional masculinity in a pair of tweets reacting to Pose’s Billy Porter sporting a tuxedo gown on the Oscars red carpet Sunday.
I just don’t get this ongoing and continual assault on masculinity by the Left.
You can be a proud part of the LGBT community and movement without attacking traditional men and marriage at every turn.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) February 25, 2019
Twitter users were quick to drag Lahren, who appears on a pair of shows on the network’s streaming service Fox Nation, for her comments about masculinity. But Lahren, who’s renowned for making purposeful controversial statements, doubled down on her hot take that “traditional” men are under siege.
Yes, men are now wearing dresses on the red carpet to stick it to masculinity. Welcome to Lala Liberal Award Show season 2019.
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— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) February 26, 2019
The button-pushing Lahren's previous outrageous statements include comparing Black Lives Matter to the KKK, mocking the student survivors of the Parkland shooting, and referring to Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy as a “little limp dick.”
While Lahren says that “traditional” masculinity is under attack, Porter, who is gay, spoke out about how homophobia and repressive ideas about what it means to be a man forced him to remain in a kind of fashion closet.
“I grew up loving fashion, but there was a limit to the ways in which I could express myself. When you’re black and you’re gay, one’s masculinity is in question. I dealt with a lot of homophobia in relation to my clothing choices,” Porter wrote on Vogue's website. “[Even] when I had my first working contract at A&M Records, I was silent for a long time. I was trying to fit in to what other people felt I should look like.”
— Variety (@Variety) February 24, 2019
Porter also confirmed that his choice to where the Christian Siriano-designed tux gown was intended to “challenge” the status quo considering what he’s endured as a gay man of color.
“Now I’m in a space where, being on Pose, I’m invited to red carpets and I have something to say through clothes,” Porter said. “My goal is to be a walking piece of political art every time I show up. To challenge expectations. What is masculinity? What does that mean?”
In addition to Porter's boundary-pushing gown, RuPaul's Drag Race star Shangela walked the red carpet in full drag.
Here's how Twitter users responded to Lahren claiming that masculinity is under attack.
Or they're wearing dresses cause....they like wearing dresses?
Regardless of the reason, if masculinity itself wasn't the fragile construct that it is, it wouldn't be concerned or bothered by this.
— Nipun Ti (@NotNipseyHussle) February 26, 2019
Tell me how this affects YOU personally. In a sentence, Tomi.
— Jarrett Bellini (@JarrettBellini) February 26, 2019
Are you shitting me with this? It’s the right attacking their own young boys for not being masculine enough. Threatening to drown them. It’s the left that is okay with their son learning to wear make-up, not because they may or may not be gay one day, but because they light up.
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) February 25, 2019
Name one person attacking "traditional men and marriage".
To be clear, being a vile asshole doesn't make you a "traditional man"; it just makes you a vile asshole.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 26, 2019
There is no "assault" on masculinity. The real assault happens every day, on thousands of LGBTQ+ people across the world. You're so quick to pretend like you're under attack, when our people are literally being MURDERED for being who they were born to be. Shut up, Tabby.
— Buy Now That I Found You & No Drug Like Me (@Neil_McNeil) February 26, 2019