A British comedian has apologized to the transgender gamer he ‘completely dehumanised’.
Fraser Millward admitted he was dismayed by the furore created by his comments in regards to a young female trans journalist at the Eurogamer Expo in Earl’s Court, London.
Laura Kate Dale, a contributor for gaming site Destructoid, was at the event covering Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One console.
On Twitter, Dale then said she was pulled up on stage and was called male and ‘it’.
‘Hope someone from Microsoft sees this,’ she said. ‘Your presenter made completely dehumanised me in front of an audience.
‘Ruined my Eurogamer…shows me for trying to take part and have fun like everyone else.’
After the incident went viral online, Dale received a barrage of insults saying that she did ‘not deserve to live’.
While Millward has not admitted to calling Dale a man, he confessed to calling her ‘this person’.
His full statement reads: ‘I’d like to express my sadness and dismay at what has ensured following a live stage event at the weekend.
‘No offence was intended when I referred to Laura Kate Dale as “this person” after I asked the audience to applaud her and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any offence and hurt I may have caused.
After the comic apologized, Dale took to Twitter again and said all she wanted to do was tell him at the time she felt uncomfortable.
‘[I] got super frustrated that [Microsoft] wouldn’t let me complain to his face,’ she said.
After the incident, a Microsoft spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of an incident today on the Xbox booth at the Eurogamer Expo, at which an inappropriate comment was made. We apologise for any offence caused.’