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Laverne Cox Talks About the Backlash She Received After Appearing on TIME Magazine: VIDEO

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Laverne Cox’s cover on the June edition of TIME Magazine solidified the actress-cum-activist’s position as one of the country’s leading voices in the fight for trans rights. While TIME’s exposure strengthened Cox’s ability to amplify her message, the increased attention hasn’t been entirely positive for the Orange Is The New Black star.

“I’ve felt it since the cover of TIME Magazine, like all of a sudden like my Twitter feed and my Instagram there’s all this negativity.” She told BET. “I was getting Google Alerts about me [somehow being in league] with Satan.”

Fame monster notwithstanding, Cox’s star is on the rise. In addition to being nominated for an outstanding guest actress Emmy this morning, she’s producing Free CeCe!, a documentary chronicling the life of Cece McDonald, a transwoman sentenced to 41 months in prison after surviving her own bashing.

Watch Laverne’s full BET interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. When did Victim Status become a talent???....Grow up Laverne..Every celebrity gets these posts....

    Posted by: styler | Jul 10, 2014 11:58:38 AM


  2. its okay for people to have feelings, styler.

    Posted by: hmm | Jul 10, 2014 12:07:13 PM


  3. Love Laverne Cox.

    Clay Cane is my dream husband.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 10, 2014 12:08:25 PM


  4. You're one of the first, unfortunately, you have to deal withit.

    Posted by: pablo | Jul 10, 2014 12:18:11 PM


  5. Laverne is awesome. Trans people are VERY lucky to have her.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 10, 2014 12:22:40 PM


  6. We're all lucky to have Laverne Cox.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Jul 10, 2014 12:28:38 PM


  7. we are ALL lucky to have her - her voice, her grace, her strength.

    seeing her speak in toronto over world pride was incredible - and her stories about her life, experiences as a child are so parallel to what a great many LGB people go through - make no mistake that there's a huge element of transphobia and sexist-misogyny inherent to HOMOphobia. which is why, of course, this site's self-hating anonymous worthless loser always throws in transphobic statements under various screen names.

    anyone who stands up to be counted and challenges society's perceptions of gender norms opens themselves up to attention from the most unintelligent and mentally unstable people in society.

    the good news? Laverne is a strong, bright beacon of hope - with the resilience to bear it on her shoulders.

    and i love her for it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 10, 2014 12:29:17 PM


  8. Laverne is great. She has a lot of fans, so she should just concentrate on them.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 10, 2014 12:44:23 PM


  9. oh, and KUDOS to laverne cox for her outstanding guest actress emmy nomination!

    yes, folks - history was made with the nominations today. the first trans person nominated :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 10, 2014 12:57:37 PM


  10. Another story, another negative post by STYLER/RICK. When did bitter, internet troll become a talent? Grow up.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jul 10, 2014 1:01:28 PM


  11. BETTY - it's never been a talent nor will it ever. It is, however, his only distraction in life. Think about how pathetic an excuse for a man he must be that his raison d'être is to come, every day, and anonymously type out hateful things.

    it's the textbook definition of a coward with nothing to live for.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 10, 2014 1:10:32 PM


  12. My apologies. You are right, it isn't a talent. Just sad, really, really sad.

    Posted by: BETTY | Jul 10, 2014 1:36:19 PM


  13. And regardless...

    Posted by: Derek | Jul 10, 2014 1:44:40 PM


  14. Laverne, if you check who is on either side, you'll find that being considered in league with Satan is a compliment.

    Just read the book.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 10, 2014 2:21:47 PM


  15. Such a brave an fearless woman. Love her combination of strength and humanity. A beautiful soul.

    Posted by: MP | Jul 10, 2014 2:46:31 PM


  16. She has to accept the fact that when you actively seek out fame and notoriety (as she does as an actor), one of the consequences is that there will be criticism (good, bad, appropriate, inappropriate, ridiculous, or mainstream in nature). If she can't handle this consequence of fame, then she needs to move on to a career that doesn't require being a public figure and seeking the limelight.

    Posted by: Perry | Jul 10, 2014 3:12:20 PM


  17. The Good News, Perry, is that she's not saying she can't handle it - she's merely addressing the reality that when you stand up to be counted you become a target for very deranged people.

    You know, like you only ever comment anonymously, under various names, and for some unknown reason choose to link your screen name to AOL.com (why? why are you linking your name to AOl.com?) because you're too cowardly to say anything from a place of visibility. Laverne knows the power of her words, and how the worst of America take issue with her strength and truth.

    Just how you only comment anonymously because you're still scared of upsetting your crap mommy and daddy :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 10, 2014 3:22:47 PM


  18. That's an interesting comment, PERRY.

    But bigots aren't hating her because of anything she's done, they're hating her simply because of her status as a Transwoman.

    I mean, it's not like Laverne behaves on the same level as Kim Kadashian or ...that...that gal from the hotel chains. Oh, Hilton, that's the one. Have either of those two biological females ever voiced an intelligent thought.

    Now, I'm being mean. I apologize.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 10, 2014 3:27:50 PM


  19. Little Kiwi sounding like a parrot again repeating the some old tired stuff. "Polly Want A Cracker"

    Posted by: Perry | Jul 10, 2014 3:48:44 PM


  20. It's not my fault you're not as strong as Laverne Cox, nor as strong as me "Perry". Keep being anonymous, thought. It only proves me, and your parents, right.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 10, 2014 4:01:55 PM


  21. @Little Kiwi "Polly Want A Cracker"

    Posted by: Perry | Jul 10, 2014 4:02:35 PM


  22. @Perry: Speaking honestly and matter-of-factly about fame and negativity from the transphobic hardly equates to not being able to handle it. There's power in being open and honest, cowardice in hiding from reality.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 10, 2014 4:34:35 PM


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