Kate Bolduan, a CNN anchor, issued an apology on Wednesday following an incident where a CNN correspondent incorrectly referred to Dylan Mulvaney, a trans woman and biological male, by the wrong pronouns.
CNN segment sparks a flurry of controversy
A segment aired on Tuesday on “CNN News Central” sparked controversy among LGBTQ+ Twitter users. During the broadcast, Ryan Young reported on the ongoing controversy concerning Bud Light’s decision to select trans activist Mulvaney as a brand spokesperson.
Unfortunately, Young used the incorrect pronoun “he” twice when referring to Mulvaney. As a response, Bolduan used her airtime the following day to rectify the mistake, saying, “We apologize for that error.”
Mulvaney’s preferred pronouns are ‘she’ and ‘they’
Mulvaney, aged 26, has specified on social media that her preferred pronouns are “she/they.”
Young’s report was comprehensive, featuring street interviews conducted in Nashville, Tennessee, and Chicago, Illinois. The objective was to gather diverse opinions about the Bud Light controversy, which has persisted since Mulvaney was announced as the brand ambassador in April.
Young referred to Mulvaney as ‘He’ on CNN segment
In the course of discussing his interviews, Young incorrectly referred to Mulvaney twice. He was quoted as saying, “One bar was telling us they’re not going to serve Bud Light because they don’t like the way Dylan Mulvaney was treated after this whole controversy started.”
“He, of course, is the transgender person they were gonna sponsor and go along with Bud Light. They didn’t like how Bud Light didn’t stand by him after all this.”
Mulvaney criticized Bud Light after controversy
Following Bud Light’s alleged lack of support amid the controversy, Mulvaney criticized the brand. In an attempt to find some peace, Mulvaney opted for a vacation to Peru this week.
During her vacation, Mulvaney recorded a TikTok video where she shared her experiences, stating, “The people here are so kind. I feel very safe here. It’s a little sad that I had to leave my country to feel safe, but that will get better eventually.”
Many liberal Twitter users expressed their disapproval of CNN for broadcasting Young’s report.
Mike Sington, a left-leaning journalist, reposted the segment in question, commenting, “CNN correspondent Ryan Young misgenders Dylan Mulvaney twice during report, calls her ‘he’ and ‘him.’”
Trans activists lash out at LGBT activists
Transgender activist Erin Reed was highly critical of the segment, urging CNN, “Please god, CNN. Bring trans people on to talk about trans news. This was a terrible segment; it misgenders Dylan the entire time and tries to both sides the idea of a transgender person even appearing in an ad. Horrific.”
Liberal influencer Tim Peacock went as far as to accuse CNN of “hate speech” for using incorrect pronouns when referring to Mulvaney, saying, “The one where @CNN (via @Ryanyoungnews & @KateBolduan) demonstrates it can’t be fair/impartial in reporting when using hate speech top [sic] describe #DylanMulvaney. It just goes to show what they really think of #LGBTQIA people.”
In the wake of this controversy, many others joined the online backlash against the CNN segment, prompting an apology from the network the next day.
As she concluded Wednesday’s “CNN News Central,” Bolduan made a formal statement, “Yesterday, in a segment about transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, who was featured in Bud Light’s recent campaign, she was mistakenly referred to by the wrong pronoun. And CNN aims to honor individuals’ ways of identifying themselves, and we apologize for that error.”