Even as she proclaimed that she’s not transphobic, Jenna Jameson, who rose to fame as an adult film actress, sent out a series of anti-trans tweets upon hearing the news that French model Ines Rau would become Playboy’s first transgender playmate, according to HuffPost.
“So Playboy just announced it will be featuring its first transgender playmate…’ Jameson, 43, tweeted. “I have a problem with it just like I have a problem with a transgender competing against biological women in sports." Although, Jameson failed to elaborate on her opposition to trans women competing with cisgender women.
If it weren’t clear that Jameson’s comments about Rau, who will be Playboy’s November centerfold, were headed down a one-way path to transphobia, she then tweeted, “I think it’s setting fire to an iconic brand and pandering to this ridiculous PC world we live in.”
Clearly aware on some level that her tweets were offensive, Jameson also tweeted that she’s not a transphobe (despite the transphobic things she actually wrote).
Just because I don't agree with a trans person being in Playboy doesn't mean I'm "transphobic" .People these days with all their "phobics" https://t.co/iCRmbKsZDz
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) October 19, 2017
If it weren’t damning enough that Jameson opted to speak out negatively about Playboy’s decision to feature a trans woman in its pages, she then liked a series of deeply offensive transphobic tweets including one that used a homophobic slur to describe Rau as a gay man rather than as a trans woman and one that read, “Men buy Playboy to look at women in states of undress. Not a dude, pretending to be a woman. That is a freak show.”
Jameson told Fox News that the magazine’s decision to feature a trans model was “A ridiculous attempt by Playboy to stay relevant.”
Cooper Hefner, Playboy’s Chief Creative Officer and son of the late Hugh Hefner, told The New York Times, "It’s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving.”