Look, I don’t like Douglas K. Murray.
Murray is a political commentator who is a far right Brexiteer, an Islamophobe, and someone who generally echoes white supremacist talking points. Murray tends to harp on about how immigrants are ruining Europe and he repeats the same arguments that kept people like my grandparents out of the US when they were fleeing the Holocaust.
So yeah, Murray is a piece of crap.
Which is why it’s absolutely heartbreaking that Douglas K. Murray made a good point on TV. Six days ago Douglas Murray had a conversation with Julie Bindel on Spectator TV. The topic of their discussion was “What is the point of Pride?”
And Douglas Murray had something to say about the misogyny within the trans activism movement that….. honestly, he had a point.
Damn, that’s heartbreaking. Douglas Murray said something I agree with.
So let’s break down what Murray said on Spectator TV.
“I say things about trans issues,” Murray begins, “Which Julie (Bindel) says, which JK Rowling and others say, and I get absolutely no blowback.”
That’s probably because Murray is a far right commentator so his anti-trans stances should be expected. When liberal feminists like JK Rowling and Kathleen Stock start discussing the misogyny inherent among trans activists these days, people get angry. “But you’re supposed to be on our side!” Rowling and Stock speaking against trans activism is seen (wrongly) as a sort of betrayal.
“I don’t get mad, purple-haired maniacs gluing themselves to the floor when I speak in public.”
Here Murray is referring to protests held by Oxford University students when Kathleen Stock was invited to give a speech at the Oxford Union.
Yeah, the Kathleen Stock protests at Oxford were pretty ridiculous.
Murray goes on:
“Julie Bindel gets the threats, gets these people hounding her. JK Rowling gets them. Kathleen Stock gets them. If anyone wants an absolute proof of this, there’s a disgusting website that is the residue of a defunct gay paper called ‘PinkNews,’ run by a pseudojournalist called Ben something or other. They have run thousands and thousands of articles in recent years attacking JK Rowling basically as the devil incarnate.”
LMFAO!!! Okay, Murray calling Pink News “the residue of a defunct gay paper” is absolutely hilarious. And Murray is spot-on here. Pink News is absolute garbage. It’s like the LGBTQ equivalent of Gateway Pundit.
Murray goes on to say that JK Rowling “holds precisely the same views on trans as her fellow Scottish writer Irvine Welsh does. How many times has ‘PinkNews’ attacked Irvine Welsh? Zero. They believe, and this is a very important point if I can say so, — The weird alphabet people, clown car people believe that they should be allowed to control lesbians and gays and women in particular.”
Things get a bit more dicey here because Murray is using a lot of slurs (or at least slur-adjacent terms) to describe LGBTQ people. I should say for context that Murray is gay. The woman he is talking to during this interview, Julie Bindel, is also gay. In that sense perhaps Murray can be afforded a bit of leeway for his language towards the LGBTQ community since he is part of that community.
Douglas Murray’s point about the trans community coming down hard against women critics but ignoring male critics like Irvine Welsh is strong. And it’s correct.
For context, Irvine Welsh is the author who wrote Trainspotting that later became a cult classic film.
Douglas Murray goes on to say that trans activists “believe that if we don’t have precisely the lockstep views they have, we are traitors. And the people that they believe they should have the right to control the most are women.”
And there we go. Douglas Murray is gay and now he has just come out as a TERF.
Here’s what should worry trans activists these days. It’s easy to attract the disdain of Douglas Murray. He’s a right wing bigot. When your movement is attracting pushback by liberal feminists like JK Rowling and left-of-center LGBTQ people like Kathleen Stock and Julie Bindel however, it’s time to recalibrate your message. Or at least concede that trans-hesitant feminists may have some points.
The fact that a liberal like Bindel and a far right conservative like Murray were even able to have a conversation together on television is amazing. And it shows how the misogyny of trans activism is uniting many sides together in their unhappiness with what’s going on in the LGBTQ community.
And frankly, yeah, it’s heartbreaking. Because Douglas Murray is one of the worse people I know and he just made a great point.