A transgender reporter physically and verbally threatened Breitbart senior editor Ben Shapiro on HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call” after Shapiro questioned why Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday.
The reporter, who goes by the name Zoey Tur, grabbed Shapiro by the neck and threatened to send him home “in an ambulance.”
When asked by host Dr. Drew Pinsky whether Shaprio thought Jenner deserved the ESPN award, Shapiro replied by saying, “For what?”
Pinsky said it was because Jenner was “fighting a new battle.”
“What exactly is the battle?” Shapiro said. “I mean, self-definition is what you do, and my baby’s doing it at 18 months old. I was unaware that you get a medal for it.”
After an exchange between panel members, Shapiro continued.
Pinsky then argued that ABC did a good job getting viewers, which is the point of an awards ceremony. Pinsky continued, “In terms of the science behind gender disphoria, you’re very familiar with that, Zoey. It’s not about the…chromosomes within our nuclei.” Tur responded, “We both know chromosomes don’t necessarily mean you’re male or female.” And “you have a thing like Klinefelter’s syndrome. So, [turning to Shapiro and touching his shoulder] you don’t know what you’re talking about, you’re not educated on genetics –.” Shapiro asked if the discussion was supposed to be on genetics and asked, “What are your genetics, sir?” Pinsky said to Tur, “I’d stay away from the genetics and back to the brain scans.”
Tur then said to Shapiro, “You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” Shapiro responded, “That seems mildly inappropriate for a political discussion.” Oduolowu said that, to be fair, Shapiro was being rude, to which Shapiro answered, “I’m sorry, it’s not rude to say that someone who’s biologically a male is a male.” Tur stated, “You just called me a ‘sir.’”
After some of the other panelists, particularly radio and “Chain Reaction” host Mike Catherwood, objected that Shapiro knew that what he said would be “insulting” and “inflammatory.” Shapiro responded, “It’s not a matter of insulting or inflammatory. It’s a fact. You are a male. Dr. Drew is a male.”
Catherwood conceded, “Sir, you’re right…on paper, what is a fact is a fact, and I can’t deny that.” He maintained, “But you knew that going in that to say that to Zoey would be aggressively insulting.” Shapiro maintained, “It’s not a matter of aggressively insulting. … The entire discussion is whether we are embracing mental illness and delusion as a society, that’s the entire discussion.”
Wonder whether “she” would have tried that if “she” were genetically a woman.