Popular YouTuber Natalie Wynn, the woman behind ContraPoints, has silenced former Mississippi State Representative Robert Foster over comments he made calling for the execution of those who support transgender rights.
Last week, Foster tweeted, “Some of you still want to try and find a political compromise with those who want to take care of our school-age children and pretend that men are women, etc.”
“I think they should be lined up against the wall before a firing squad to be sent for an early judgment,” Foster concluded in his tweet, which was deleted by Twitter. Foster’s account has now been deleted.
He then doubled down in a statement to the Mississippi Free Press explaining why he declined an interview request.
“I said what I said,” he told the outlet. “The law needs to be changed so that anyone attempting to sexually groom children and/or put men who impersonate women in locker rooms and bathrooms with young women face the death penalty by firing squad.”
Before his account was deleted, he said trans people were trans because they were “groomed.”
“Transgenders are just victims, it’s their pedo groomers who are consumed by evil,” he said in a tweet. vice†
In a wordless tweet, Wynn reprimanded the politician. She two images shared—a screenshot of vice‘s coverage of the story, the second, a “Reverse” card from the game One†
Wynn’s tweet has received more than 18,000 likes, 1,100 retweets and 200 comments at the time of writing.
Wynn elaborated in a statement to: news week†
“The accusation that gays ‘recruit’ children has been used for decades to justify discrimination. The current moral panic about LGBT ‘grooming’ is defamation rhetoric that would fit perfectly into any anti-gay smear campaign of the 1970s,” Wynn said. †
“Robert Forster’s call for transgender people to be executed by firing squad speaks for itself. I fear for the safety of gay people in this country,” she added.
Wynn is a YouTuber with over 1.5 million subscribers. She describes herself as a ‘YouTuber, ex-philosopher’. She’s also transgender, she’s transitioned while continuing to make YouTube videos – although some of her previous work has been scrapped – and has spoken extensively about transgender issues in her videos.
She is sometimes referred to as a member of “BreadTube”, a loosely affiliated collection of left-wing YouTubers – although the term was not coined by her, and most people called “BreadTubers” reject the label. Wynn even called on her audience to drop the label completely in a tweet.
As stated in Wynn’s statement, accusing LGBTQ people of hurting children is a common trope. The word “nursing” generally refers to a sex offender’s process of normalizing sexual contact with children, with the aim of not only being able to abuse the child, but also to prevent the child from reporting abuse.
“Grooming” has also become a buzzword for people who are against LGBTQ rights, according to the Associated Press. The phrase “OK, Groomer” was trending on Twitter this week, as users criticized Florida’s recently passed law banning discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms from kindergarten through third grade.
Critics have called this the “Don’t Say Gay” law, arguing that such discussions should provide students with additional, non-explicit information. They also argue that such laws will further stigmatize LGBTQ children by making the subject taboo.
While the bill doesn’t use the word “groom,” government leader Ron DeSantis’s proponent hasn’t said the word either, according to the AP, Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ press secretary said the bill should be called an “Anti-Grooming Bill.”
This is not Foster’s first controversy. During his 2019 government campaign, Foster denied an interview with a female journalist because he refused to be alone with a woman who was not his wife. In 2020, he called for Mississippi to secede from the United States if President Joe Biden wins the election.