Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: Piers Morgan “Sensationalized” My Story

I’m sorry for the harm Ms Mock feels her work has been dealt during this interview, but these days pretty much any time you’re on television in an interview situation, it’s going to be sensationalized. Perhaps sometimes it’s done on purpose, but I’m sure that’s not always the case. As I have said on this blog in the past, the only encounters I’ve had with trans women have been online and not very pleasant. Of course it being online there’s a better than average chance they really were men posing as women online. At any rate, if people don’t know how to interact with a M2F or F2M transgendered individual, they will inadvertently ask questions that could very easily be considered rude, when it wasn’t the intention of the asker to be rude. It’s a fine line to walk. Ultimately, I think, those viewers of the interview who are genuinely interested in learning about the work Ms Mock does will buy the book and those who aren’t interested, well, it wouldn’t have mattered much what she said in the actual interview.

WASHINGTON — Transgender advocate Janet Mock accused CNN’s Piers Morgan of seeking to “sensationalize” her life after Morgan and his producers focused intensely on Mock’s past and physical aspects of her transition in an interview coinciding with the release of her book, Redefining Realness.

Morgan ended the first segment of the Piers Morgan Live interview by saying that Mock at one point had to tell the man she was dating that “you used to be yourself a man” — although Mock has never identified as a man.

The on-screen description of Mock was that she “was a boy until age 18,” although she was identifying as a girl in high school, and the Piers Morgan Live Twitter account posed the question during the interview, “How would you feel if you found out the woman you are dating was formerly a man?”

“He’s trying to do info-tainment,” Mock told BuzzFeed Tuesday night. “He doesn’t really want to talk about trans issues, he wants to sensationalize my life and not really talk about the work that I do and what the purpose of me writing this book was about.”

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