"How messed up is this? Miserable, insufferable people. But oh so 'tolerant.'"
The anti-trans-women in sports activist Riley Gaines has slammed a pro-trans women in sport activist for appearing to mock surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a Tiger Shark in 2003 by appearing at an event the pair were hosting carrying a stuffed shark.
Riley Gaines and Bethany Hamilton were at a Springfield, Missouri, library hawking Gaines’ book Happy No Snakes Day, “a Christian children’s book that teaches the importance of standing up for the truth.”
The book “follows the journey of Rebel and the rest of the team BRAVE as they learn what it means to stand for truth. The team has to decide whether to save themselves or warn their friends about incoming danger.”
No anal, no pegging, no jock pussy, no instructional on how to tuck, nothing even vaguely progressive.
Transgender activists weren’t thrilled by the she-devils in their midst and there ain’t nothing feistier than a T-dick all fired up. The library was asked to cancel the event and trans-gals and allies were encouraged to turn up and make hell.
“I’m sorry your whole identity is attacking marginalized people. That’s not what we’re about and we will be there tomorrow to remind you queer people exist,” wrote one.
Protesters draped themselves in Monica Helms’ Transgender Pride Flag at the event, the light and blue stripes at the top and bottom representing masculinity, pink for gals and white in the middle for those transitioning or whose gender is so far undefined.
One accessorised her TPF with a stuffed shark from IKEA, the Blåhaj, which in this instance, served two purposes.
One, it’s a trans icon, mascot, whatever you wanna call it, the shark gaining popularity after IKEA advertised its support for same-sex marriage in Switzerland in 2021 and, two, it makes fun of Bethany’s mauling by that Tiger shark two decades ago.
“How messed up is this? This protester brought a shark stuffed animal to mock Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark. Miserable, insufferable people. But oh so ‘tolerant,'” Riley Gaines wrote on X.
In a later statement, Gaines wrote:
“This is the tactic they use time and time again. They want so desperately to mock, intimidate, and threaten those they don’t agree with into silence, but this was a step too far. I have no words to describe how messed up it is to directly mock Bethany Hamilton and her traumatic experience that cost her arm by bringing a shark to a children’s story hour. Dare I call this protester an ableist?”
How messed up is this? This protester brought a shark stuffed animal to mock Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark.
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) February 6, 2024
Bethany Hamilton was most recently in the news after her former sponsor Rip Curl made a post pointedly celebrating trans-surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson (Rip Curl and Bethany parted ways ’cause of Bethany’s views on ex-men in women’s sports) before panicking and disappearing the post.
“Our recent post has landed us in the divisive space around transgender participation in competitive sport,” wrote Rip Curl. “We want to promote surfing for everyone in a respectful way, but recognize we upset a lot of people with our post and for that, we are sorry. To clarify, the surfer featured has not replaced anyone on the Rip Curl team and is not a sponsored athlete.”
After that both sides hated em, Surf Equity saying the “so-called apology was divisive, anti-trans, and discriminatory. The LGBTQIA+ community is appalled. Aligning with bigots harms your brand identity and fails to support your LGBTQIA+ employees.”
Can’t win for losing etc.