Candace Owens has accused Drew Barrymore of engaging in “desperate behavior” during her interview with transgender TikTok content creator Dylan Mulvaney.
In the Monday episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, Mulvaney spoke candidly about the backlash that has been aimed at the trans community. She told Barrymore how she wants to support those who face criticism.
“I think the best weapon I can bring is trans glee and comedy and talking about tough issues and really complicated moments of transition,” Mulvaney said. “And try to let everyone in to see I’m not a monster. I’m not someone who is anything other than trying to be myself and be happy.”
at one point, Charlie’s Angel Star Barrymore appeared emotional as she leaned in and held Mulvaney’s hand.
“It’s interesting because I look at someone like you and I can’t imagine anyone not liking you,” Mulvaney told Barrymore as the interview resumed.
Barrymore left her chair and got on her knees, clutching Mulvaney’s hands as she replied, “Oh please. Please.” Ironically, do you want to know who dislikes me the most sometimes?
Mulvaney said that’s how she felt about herself as she hugged and joined Barrymore on the floor of the New York studio.
A clip of the interview circulated on social media. It was praised by fans but derided by a number of conservative commentators.
“WTF is this stupid shit” tweeted Blaze TV host Sara GonzalesTo to which Owens replied: “I was so incredibly uncomfortable to see that.
“In absolutely no context is this not entirely clumsy and desperate behavior. Even if it were two women, adults just don’t behave like that.”
news week emailed Barrymore representatives for comment.
Owens has been negative about transgender people in the past and took a stand on community discrimination back in December.
Talking about an episode of Candace Owens Podcast, the conservative commentator discussed how people discriminate in everyday life. Owens gave a few examples of her own, including those she would befriend and hire.
“I definitely discriminate against men who paint their nails and wear dresses. I don’t care what you think about it,” she said. “You can wear your dress and paint your nails, but I would prefer that you stay 100 feet from a playground and all feet away from my kids and I. When I see you I will cross the street when I’m with my kids.”
Then, during the podcast episode titled “Why Some People Deserve To Be Discriminated against,” Owens ridiculed those who might suggest that she should be “more accepting of men who like to wear panties.”
“I’m fine,” said Owens. “You’re more likely to accept it. You take that risk when you see a guy who looks like a freak and you’re with your kids and you’re like, ‘To accept, I’m going to put my kids next to him.’ I’m not going to be that person. I’m going to say, ‘That looks weird,’ and I’m going to walk away from it. It’s as simple as that.”
Mulvaney, who has garnered more than 10 million followers on TikTok, this week shared a video of herself teasing a kiss from Barrymore after their interview. The short clip has been viewed almost 5 million times.
The influencer documented her transition over the past year. She garnered a lot of social media attention after speaking with President Joe Biden about trans-related health care at the White House in October.
A TikTok video soon resurfaced in which the trans rights activist attempted to “normalize women with bulges.” She recalled being stared at by strangers when she went out in tight clothing.
Caitlyn Jenner, who turned woman in 2015, criticized the video, tweeting, “Let’s not ‘normalize’ anything this person is doing. That is absurd!”
One Twitter user responded that as someone who was “born a woman” with a “naturally plump vagina,” she often had a problem with bulging. Jenner then said of Mulvaney, “He talks about his penis!”
While Jenner’s comments drew backlash, the former California gubernatorial candidate has remained steadfast in her criticism of Mulvaney.
“There’s a difference between acceptance and tolerance and normalizing showing your genitals publicly and in a public place,” Jenner, who underwent a gender reassignment surgery in 2017, wrote in another tweet. “I don’t support that at all, in the least. Dylan… congratulations [you’re] Trans with a penis.”
Mulvaney replied to Jenner in a TikTok post. She said she wasn’t particularly bothered by Jenner’s initial criticism, although she struggled with being called “he” by the Olympic gold medalist.
“Not that you call me ‘he.’ That’s just awful … but then you didn’t stop there,” Mulvaney said in the clip.