Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro clashed with transgender reporter Zoey Tur on the validity of Bruce Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs Wednesday–to the point of verbal threats being issued.
In a panel on Dr. Drew’s HLN program Thursday, Tur acknowledged Jenner “probably” did not deserve the honor. “Is she brave? Of course she’s brave,” Tur said. “All those years invested as a sports legend. To come out transgender is horribly difficult. It is the most difficult thing you can do.”
I’ve been overseas. I’ve flown helicopter missions, surveillance missions. I’ve been shot, stabbed – being brave is being yourself. And being transgender is about the bravest thing you can do.
“Why are we mainstreaming delusion?” countered Shapiro. “It turns out that every chromosome, every cell in Caitlyn Jenner’s body is male with the exception of some of his sperm cells. It turns out he still has all of his male appendages. How he feels on the outside is irrelevant to his biological status.”
“What we know is that chromosomes don’t necessarily mean you’re male or female,” Tur told Dr. Drew. “With gender identity,” Dr. Drew clarified. Tur later turned to Shapiro and said: “You don’t know what you’re talking about, you’re not educated on genetics.” Then came the line that heated things up. “What are your genetics, sir?” Shapiro asked.
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Tur, clearly irritated at being addressed as “sir,” placed her hand on Shapiro’s shoulder and warned the conservative commentator: “You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” Shapiro answered: “That seems mildly inappropriate for a political discussion.” After the panel, Tur, the special correspondent for Inside Edition, agreed with a Twitter follower who “would pay top [dollar] to see Zoey Tur curb stomp” Shapiro:
— Matthew Elliot (@matttbastard) July 17, 2015
— Zoey Tur (@ZoeyTur) July 17, 2015
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