T.J. Miller — who starred in HBO's Silicon Valley and The Emoji Movie — was accused this week of sexually assaulting and punching a woman in college (he denied the charges in a public letter that bashed the accuser). Now a trans film critic and former friend of Miller's has released an email from Miller to her where he dead-names her and calls her a "weird strange little man."
Danielle Solzman initially released the email in September but redacted the sender's name. Now, after Miller was publicly accused of sexual assault as well as threatening another woman, Solzman decided to go public with Miller's missive.
The correspondence began when Solzman — a friend of Miller's through the Chicago comedy scene — emailed Miller a two-sentence message to let him know that an internet search for his website turns up a transgender slur. Miller's reaction was a screed of insults, where the comedian dead-named Solzman, repeatedly referring to her as "Daniel," called her a "weird strange terrible man," a "fucking asshole," a "fucking jerk," and told her she enjoyed being a "victim."
"You have merely confirmed what I always knew... This pursuit of transgender identity is nothing more than an opportunity for you to distinguish yourself as someone who is special, but what is really special is how retarded it is that you would ever think to attack me or say that I've been offensive... Never contact me again you weird strange terrible man. If you bothered to look into anything that I've ever done you would find it not only have I had sex with transgender people, but I have donated widely to organizations that support their freedom... You're not a transgender, you're not a tranny- you're a fucking asshole daniel," the email read.
I got this email in early August. I stayed quiet and while it's redacted, I'm too scared to name them for fear of legal threats against me. pic.twitter.com/J2kA5t1vW7
— Danielle Solzman (@DanielleSATM) September 27, 2017
Solzman told Consequence of Sound that she's since cut off Miller but felt the need to come forward about his transphobia following this week's sexual assault allegations — which have been whispered about for years. Solzman admits Miller was supportive of her transition, but she rejected the idea that his invective-filled email was an attempt at being humorous.
"There’s nothing remotely funny about the comments that he made," Solzman told the music publication. "I am very aware of Emoji Movie getting slammed by film critics earlier that week [(that he sent the email]. I’m certainly not a psychologist so I can’t speculate as to his mental state of being during that week. I do know that he also went after another film critic, Mike Ryan, via Twitter DMs on the same day that he responded to my email. This was confirmed on Twitter yesterday."