Trans TikToker Dylan Mulvaney is known for giving viewers a generous and honest look at the trans experience, but that doesn’t mean she can’t also deliver a world-class lesson in dragging transphobes for filth.
In a video uploaded on Tuesday, Mulvaney stitched a transphobic parody of her own ongoing video series “Days of Girlhood” series in which the TikTok star uploads a wholesome video each day updating viewers on her transition journey. In the original video, titled “My journey as a ‘trans woman,’” a presumably cis woman is made up to look like a transphobic stereotype, with fake “stubble” and otherwise sloppily applied makeup.
Mulvaney started her video by apologizing for not responding sooner. “I was really busy, you know, auditioning to be in movies. And now I actually just walked as a model in New York Fashion Week on a runway.”
Getting to the heart of the issue, the TikToker said, “You just kind of hate trans people.” She gave the user free license to make fun of her voice, outfits, or even her personality. “But you don’t get to mock my identity,” Mulvaney said.
Keeping it classy yet devastating, Mulvaney said she was “here to support” her bully “in any way I can.”
“And that’s why I wanted to give you some advice on this career path of you being a comedian, or if you want to be on SNL — I don’t know what your whole gimmick is,” Mulvaney said. “But the fact is that all of your comedy is so lowbrow and it’s sort of the lowest form of comedy in my opinion. And you have a few people that enjoy your videos right now. But that’s not going to last for very long. It’s actually gotten old already.”
Mulvaney followed that truly savage read with a more serious sentiment, expressing that she was actually glad that the user had been making fun of her and not another trans person. “My life is going very well, I feel pretty happy,” she said. “But if you had made this video while I was maybe depressed…That would be evil of you, and it is evil. And I can’t have you making these videos about other trans people.”
While TikTok has allowed people like Mulvaney and fellow trans fashion girl Hal Baddie to rise to prominence, the platform could use serious improvement when it comes to protecting it LGBTQ+ users. Although the video sharing app has a policy against misgendering and deadnaming, it received the lowest score of five major social media platforms in the 2022 GLAAD Social Media Safety Index. Even when those policies exist, that’s not always a guarantee that they’ll actually be implemented, as TikTok’s own “ban” on conversion therapy-related content showed. Such videos were able to garner hundreds of thousands of views even after the ban was implemented in 2020.
Them has reached out to TikTok for comment and will update if we hear back.