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Transgender Activists Protest Anderson Cooper's 'Sensationalism': VIDEO


Today's installment of Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show, Anderson Live, revolves around Mandi, a person who was born a man and claims that a hair loss treatment made him identify as a woman. Or woke a female identity. Or implanted a female identity. Something like that, maybe.

The official description of this seemingly far-fetched phenomenon reads thusly: "Mandi, who was born male, speaks out for the first time, claiming that a hair loss treatment caused him to become transgender. Mandi is joined by her ex-wife, Michelle, who opens up about how Mandi’s identity transformation has affected their son."

This scenario raises all sorts of problematic questions about transgender identity and its origins, and has definitely raised ire from the National Center for Transgender Equality. Executive Director Mara Keisling says Cooper's premise is "sensationalism" and spreads "misinformation".

Her statement:

All of us here at the National Center for Transgender Equality are surprised, saddened and disappointed that a respected show like Anderson Live would give credence to this type of sensationalism and misinformation. This segment is just another case of sensationalizing an already marginalized population plain and simple.

Kiesling continued by saying that though "Cooper and his team have earned a great deal of respect from trans people for their coverage of our issues," this latest endeavor "throw[s] all of that away." "They seem set on misinforming the public about the causality of trans identity," she said. 

If you agree, NCTE is asking supporters to tweet the following message: "I share @TransEquality’s disappointment in @anderson for sensationalizing #trans lives. #lgbt RT to #KeepAndersonHonest".

Watch a promo for Cooper's show AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Looks like a pretty Ann Coulter.

    Posted by: John Edwards | Sep 13, 2012 2:11:37 PM

  2. An apt description, though oxymoronic...

    Posted by: Vint | Sep 13, 2012 2:16:29 PM

  3. What would you expect from a tool that began his "journalism career" as the host of THE MOLE?

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 13, 2012 2:16:38 PM

  4. That ain't nothin' but a guy wearing a wig.

    Bravo, Anderson. Ridicule them for the kooks that they are. Just as Don Lemon has done.

    And make it clear in the process that they are NOT one of us nor do they have anything in common with us and that they therefore have no claims on us nor any common cause with us.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 13, 2012 2:16:45 PM

  5. first off the comment Posted by: Rick | Sep 13, 2012 2:16:45 PM

    you are an idiot. Transgendered people suffer the same discrimination as LGBT people do. quit proving your bigotry you troll.

    That said.

    I don't know why the T-groups are outraged. This individual has publicly made these claims and told her story as often and loudly as possible.

    There is, to date, no scientific proof that any hair loss treatment on the market "causes" someone to become transgendered. To air a show and point that out is not sensationalism nor is it abuse of the guest or the guest self identified group.

    Mandi may believe or attribute her understanding of her own gender identity issue with the hair loss product. Mandi may also be looking for an excuse or to place blame for this because she has issues with going forward with the transition.

    None of us really know. What we know is that it with all the talk of LGBT issues in the media this is a valid conversation with someone who is very willing to use the media to spread her story.

    Posted by: mikenola | Sep 13, 2012 2:23:49 PM

  6. I thought when a man lost his hair you called him "bald."

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 13, 2012 2:26:42 PM

  7. Rick, shame on you for promoting ridicule on another human being--you know the one thing that we all are in common. I don't know where your going with your post but your divisive comment dis-serves all of the lgbtqa etc community.

    That aside, I'm not sure what Mandi means by "woman-like" feelings. Leads me to think that she definitely had sexual/gender issues in her past that must've been underlying the wacky gender flipping hair loss treatment.

    Posted by: Sladja | Sep 13, 2012 2:28:20 PM

  8. Rick is 100% correct, He is entirely isolated and should not be considered "One of us".

    And for RIGHT NOW, the trans protesters are dead on too! Trans issues are VERY REAL, especially to trans people! If people doubted the existence of gay people it would be really insensitive to follow up real gay people combating that myth with that guy who said a ray of light from space made him gay.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 13, 2012 2:30:06 PM

  9. Whoops my bitchy comment doesn't entirely read as a burn on Rick. But it is, that guy is the worst.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 13, 2012 2:31:20 PM

  10. I haven't seen much of Anderson's daytime show because of this annoying work thing, but I don't think this episode will be the first to induce cringe....

    Posted by: Butch | Sep 13, 2012 2:31:37 PM

  11. Rick: Get therapy, buddy. It's not ever going to get better until you do.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Sep 13, 2012 2:33:32 PM

  12. Mikenola,

    You`ve mistook Rick`s sarcasm. She stated in her other comments that she is a transgender in a similar situation as well. God bless Rick. Strive for the best and be beautiful outside as the beautiful woman inside of you, Rick! We love you =) .

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Sep 13, 2012 2:36:58 PM

  13. LOL People didn't think he moved into his new Jerry Springerish surroundings because he liked the curtains, did they? I say get a big banquet table full of food and see, you get two families who hate each other......

    Posted by: MarkUs | Sep 13, 2012 2:38:42 PM

  14. He is simply a gay boy that came out too far. He can't merely admit he's gay and instead claims he's medically transgendered.

    Posted by: Spot_A_Queen | Sep 13, 2012 2:45:44 PM

  15. OMG - seriously? What is Anderson Cooper doing?

    Posted by: Tre | Sep 13, 2012 2:46:23 PM

  16. hey Gays, what are the next winning Powerball numbers ?

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Sep 13, 2012 2:48:21 PM

  17. well, i know from the many trans people i know that each experience of awakening to their identity and its possibilities have been pretty darn varied.

    but this sort of smacks of the insincerity of that UK dude who used a health-scare as his cop-out for "suddenly turning gay".

    remember him? the "i was straight til i had a stroke" dude?

    some people dont' have it in them to just BE, they need something to hang their identity on - the reluctant homosexuals, if you will.

    but as a gay man i'll leave this particular debate to those who know firsthand about the experiences of being transgendered. you know, the people who actually are.

    i stand in solidarity and pride and support with my trans brothers and sisters. anyone who doesn't deserves every ounce of hatred and discrimination their destined to continue facing in life.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 13, 2012 2:48:55 PM

  18. I'd think trans people would be a bit more patient, especially when so many of them don't seem to have their own s*it together enough to articulate what their all about.

    Look, if you can't even figure out what and who you are, how do you expect everyone else to just understand ?

    You make it political AFTER you figure yourself out; if you don't want to be sensationalized, don't go on TV.

    And stop crying when you have an opportunity to get national media coverage that you could use to make a difference.

    Letting a trans organization speak for you because you don't understand and have the skills to explain yourself, that's just lame.

    Anderson's just doing what people in the media do - act like sensationalist media whores. Sensationalism gets ratings, gets viewers. I think NCTE protests to much. Isn't this what they want ?

    Posted by: MediaWhore | Sep 13, 2012 2:54:25 PM

  19. I agree, this guy isn't "T", he's just a gay guy that didn't have the balls to come out on his own. I know several "T" individuals and this guy is using it as a decoy and it's not fair to the "T" community.

    Posted by: huskerman68 | Sep 13, 2012 2:57:52 PM

  20. Anserson asks: "Did you have questions about your gender before?"

    Mandi's answer ends with: "...I questions whether I was bisexual; I decided I liked women."

    The fact that Mandi is too confused to even separate the concept of being attracted to women from BEING a woman (i.e. answering a question that Anderson did not ask) shows that this is someone who has been very confused for a long time, surely long before ordering the pills from an Indian internet site.

    The pills could easily have NOT been what was advertized (they could be bovine estrogen or who knows what) and taking estrogen pills might well have made Mandi start to feel physical and psychological symptoms. It would not appear, though, that the drugs did any more than bring Mandi's own attention onto another aspect of her own identity confusion.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 13, 2012 3:03:47 PM

  21. Ok, I guess I won't get that hair transplant after all. Better to be bald and proud.

    Posted by: Hank | Sep 13, 2012 3:09:38 PM

  22. Total overreaction from NTCE. Makes them look like hysterical thought police.

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 13, 2012 3:21:45 PM

  23. Truthfully, I have zero interest in Trans issues. None. If i were black and going to a site devoted to blacks I wouldnt want to see a bunch of articles related to Asians.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 13, 2012 3:24:30 PM

  24. we need more articles about asians.

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 13, 2012 3:43:45 PM

  25. I will definitely contact the show to let them know that I completely support them. Here's a good rule of thumb: if something pisses off a trans activist, it is likely to be a good thing.

    Trans activists are homophobic, misogynistic, unstable, and prone to violence. In just the last few months, they drove a pro-gay minor internet celeb, Laci Greene, underground by subjecting her to death threats because she said the word "tranny" years ago when she was 18 years old. They firebombed a bank in Oregon, on the bizarre premise that the bank had something to do with the conviction of a trans person who killed a man in a bar fight. And they surrounded and threatened a lesbian at a lesbian march in NYC. Trans activists have mental issues.

    The worst mistake that gay people ever made was allowing LGB to be linked with T. There is no link. LGBT is a lie.

    Posted by: DJ | Sep 13, 2012 3:45:04 PM

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