Location, Location, Location star Kirstie Allsopp, 51, took to Twitter this afternoon to defend transgender TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney, 26.
Dylan has been forced to deal with backlash after announcing her partnership with a few different brands, including Nike and Bud Light.
Kirstie compared the social media star to the late comedian Paul O’Grady, who was also known for his drag persona Lily Savage.
Paul unexpectedly died last month at the age of 67, leaving fans all over the country heartbroken.
Referring to Paul’s drag persona, the Channel 4 presenter tweeted: “I don’t believe that Paul O’Grady mocked women.
“So neither do I think Dylan Mulvaney does that,” she continued in view of her 433,700 followers. “I think she’s a riot.
Kirstie then went on to add: “I do think PR agents and ad execs live in their own bubble and the whole industry needs to take a good look at itself, but that’s not the fault of trans women.”
Dylan has been subjected to bullying from online trolls following the news that she has become a brand ambassador for several well-known brands.
She has since opened up about the scrutiny she’s faced as a member of the transgender community, speaking about it on Tuesday’s episode of iHeartRadio’s Onward with Rosie O’Donnell podcast.
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Sharing why she felt the move had been hit with a lot of criticism, she explained: “The reason that I think I am so… I’m an easy target is because I’m so new to this.
“I think going after a trans woman that’s been doing this for like 20 years is a lot more difficult.
“I think maybe they think that there’s some sort of chance with me… But what is their goal?”
She went on to argue that the online backlash she has received is a sign that things need to change.
“I’m not worried about the people talking about me on their podcasts, I’m worried about their listeners,” she said.
“And I also think that, it’s just a heavy time. And it’s time to step up, for sure.”
Onward with Rosie O’Donnell is available to listen to on streaming services now.
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