It’s been about two weeks since trans influence Dylan Mulvaney broke his silence on the ill-fated partnership with Bud Light that has cost the beer-maker billions and blamed the beverage company for not standing by the collaboration.
Mulvaney is making headlines once again for comments made in a new TikTok post shot in Peru where he is apparently on vacation. In addition to talking about the sites, Mulvaney shared that being in South America makes him “feel safe.”
On Wednesday’s show, Megyn was joined by Jaimee Michell and Chris Barrett, executives at Gays Against Groomers, to discuss Mulvaney’s latest remarks and how his behavior has impacted the larger LGBTQ+ community.
[Editor’s Note: You can learn more about Megyn’s position on preferred pronouns here.]
Dylan Mulvaney Feels ‘Safe’
In the 70-second TikTok video, Mulvaney told his followers he booked a solo trip to Peru in an attempt to “feel something.” “You’ll be glad to know Dylan’s apparently found himself,” Megyn said. “This is a man who said, ‘I’m a gay man’; then he said, ‘I’m non-binary’; then he said, ‘I’m trans’; then he said, ‘I’m a lesbian.’ I can’t keep up with all the things.”
The clip starts with Mulvaney spinning the camera around to show Machu Picchu. “Okay, surprise. I’m in Peru. I’m at Machu Picchu. Isn’t this so beautiful,” he asked. “Um I’m here by myself, and I used to do a ton of solo traveling. I’m telling you, it’s the best. If you could ever do a solo trip somewhere, it is such a good way to get to know yourself better.”
The jaunt has apparently had its intended effect. “I came here to feel something – you know what I mean? And I definitely have,” he continued. “I have done shaman ceremonies that were like 10 years worth of therapy. It was wild. I’ve seen a lot of llamas.”
Then came the part that has gotten the most attention. “The people here are so kind. I feel very safe here,” Mulvaney said. “It’s a little sad that I had to leave my country to feel safe, but that will get better eventually.” Aside from craving Trader Joe’s chili lime chips, the 26 year old said he is “so content.”
Given the financial and personal success Mulvaney has enjoyed as a trans woman in America, Megyn took issue with the victimization. “So, Dylan doesn’t ‘feel safe’ in America notwithstanding, I presume, the millions he’s made,” Megyn asked. “He says this trip is a great way to get to know himself better.”
Both Michell and Barrett questioned Mulvaney’s sincerity. “We have to remember that Dylan was an actor before this – and not a very good one,” Michell explained. “Trans is very trendy right now in schools, in society. You’re rewarded for being trans, you’re given special privileges, you can break all societal norms and rules that have been in place for all of human history up until five minutes ago.”
The Impact on the LGBTQ+ Community
Calling Mulvaney an “attention whore,” Michell said being trans is “very appealing for attention seekers.” And she does not believe the intentions are pure. “It’s all for money and clicks and popularity, and it’s sad to see that our community and us regular gays and lesbians are being thrown under the bus and associated with all of this,” she explained. “We’re trying to… draw a big red line between us and this radical ideology and the people that are enraptured by.”
To the point of trendiness, Megyn brought up a recent poll from Brown University that found 38 percent of the current student body identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. That is up from 14 percent in 2010. “We’re not supposed to believe that it’s a social contagion and we’re not supposed to accept that it’s got any sort of cachet to identify as part of this group now,” Megyn asked. “At a place like Brown, it’s probably rather helpful to have it in your application essay about how you’ve been brutalized as a member of the LGBTQ society.”
When you look at the population as a whole, Barrett added that the rise in trans-identifying people has far outpaced any sort of rise in gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. “The thing is, you can’t ‘identify’ into being gay – that actually requires something of you,” he concluded. “But this other stuff you can just ‘identify’ into, so it’s very frustrating dealing with these people basically glomming on to us and saying we’re somehow the same.”
You can check out Megyn’s full interview with Gays Against Groomers by tuning in to episode 586 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.