Daily Wire's Michael Knowles says trans people don't have the right to a job

Knowles: “There is no such thing as a transgender person”

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Citation From the June 27, 2023, edition of The Daily Wire's The Michael Knowles Show

MICHAEL KNOWLES (HOST): Speaking of kids, speaking of the youths, Disney has cast its first transgender actor in a major role. Disney has hired a British [woman] who identifies as a woman, a YouTube personality who calls [herself] Abigail Thorn -- I don't know what [her] real name is, but [she] calls [herself] Abigail -- for a role in the upcoming Disney Plus series The Acolyte, according to multiple reports.

And this is obviously very bad and shouldn't happen, and it's another reason never to let your kids watch Disney, certainly any new Disney, and to only go over and watch Daily Wire Plus kids content and other conservative kids content.

But it's created a little bit of a division on the right between the conservatives and the squishier, more, kind of, live and let live, you have the right to do whatever you want kind of people. And the division has come down to this issue of, well, look, the free market can decide who gets cast for what roles. And, come on, let's not be extreme here. Transgender people have the right to a job, right? They have a right to be -- and, now, there's a difference between a right to a job, first of all, and a right to be in children's content from Disney. But let's put that aside for a second.

Let's just take -- the transgender people have the right to work, transgender people have the right to a job. No, they don't. And they don't because there's no such category as transgender people. There are just people. There are people and people are defined in a certain way and people are defined by things outside of their own self-perception and their own disordered desires. There is no such thing as a transgender person. There are just people and some people are confused and some people have fallen into fantasies and some people are pursuing disordered sexual desires and fetishes. But that doesn't change who and what they really are. And so, a man does not have any right to dress up in public life as a woman. And a man does not have a right to dress up like a woman to go do whatever job he wants.

The Supreme Court, unfortunately, has ruled that a man does have that right. And you saw this, specifically, in the Harris Funeral Homes case just a few years ago. And you've seen this in the Bostock decision, which says that civil rights protections on the basis of sex are, actually, when you really think about it civil rights protections on the basis of gender identity. And this is an absurd Supreme Court ruling and it should certainly be overturned, as many Supreme Court rulings have been overturned in American history. But you don't have the right to do it. And transgenderism is such a hot issue that, sometimes, it's difficult for the liberals to see past it because they just are so invested in transcending the boundaries of reality.


Men don't have the right to dress up like women. Women don't have the right to dress up like men. And if you are going to persist in those kind of deviant, disordered, scandalous, absurd, ridiculous behaviors of make-believe and dress-up, an employer is not obligated to hire you, and an audience is not obligated to watch you. And we need to get a little bit more clear about that. That's the only way that we are going to eradicate the preposterous ideology of transgenderism from public life entirely for the good of society, and especially for the good of the poor people who've fallen prey to that delusion, such as this Disney actor.

In accordance with the Trans Journalists Association style guide, Media Matters has replaced incorrect references to a person's gender in brackets in the transcript. For example, if a transcript incorrectly refers to someone as a “man” we change that language to say "[woman]."