BBC Faces Criticism After Altering Victim’s Statement
(TheRedWire.com) – Western society is undergoing a debate about pronouns and how to refer to transgender people. What defines a man or a woman? Is it biology or someone’s feelings? On October 26, 2021, the BBC wrote an article about lesbians who felt pressured by trans women to have sex. Now, the article in question revealed the media outlet’s struggles as they report on transgender issues.
On Tuesday, May 31, the Daily Wire reported that the BBC changed the statement provided by a lesbian victim to avoid any backlash from the LGBTQ community. The BBC interviewed a woman who claimed that a transgender woman raped her.
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The Daily Wire noted that a piece by the Times of London showed the struggle among reporters. Do they label the transgender woman as a man or a woman?
When the BBC interviewed the victim, she referred to her assailant as a “him.” Yet, the paper changed the woman’s use of the male pronouns to female to avoid misgendering the alleged rapist. Before publishing the article, the issue became contentious in the newsroom. Some reporters argued that they should keep the woman’s quote as provided, and others said the media outlet should change the pronouns to reflect the alleged rapist’s preferred pronouns.
So, what do you think? Did the BBC go too far in changing the original quotes?
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