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Doctor Who writer Tweeted a transphobic comment and the internet is not having it

Doctor Who writer Tweeted a transphobic comment and the internet is not having it

Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts, one of the writers of the popular BBC show Doctor Who, Tweeted out some transphobic and homophobic comments on 3 September.

‘I ♥ how t*annies choose names like Munroe, Paris, and Chelsea. It’s never Julie or Bev is it?,’ the since-deleted Tweet read.

‘It’s almost like a clueless gayboy’s [sic] idea of a glamourous lady. But of course it’s definitely not that,’ he continued.

Considering two trans women, Munroe Bergdorf and Chelsea Manning, have been in the news lately, the tweets seemed to be targeted.

According to Teresa Jusino of The Mary Sue, Roberts’ comments came ‘seemingly out of nowhere.’

After the original Tweets were deleted, Roberts sent out another one saying, ‘The Rainbow People are watching my every move now, lads.’

This Tweet, too, was soon removed.

PinkNews reached out to Roberts for comment. Though he did not reply, he reacted to the site following him on Twitter by saying ‘oh, fuck.’

People on Twitter were not ignoring this random act of bigotry, though. Many pointed out the hypocrisy considering the new Doctor is a queer woman. It is also worth noting that Roberts may no longer be writing for Doctor Who, according to a Doctor Who Wiki page.

Some Twitter users even called on BBC to condemn Roberts’ remarks.

GSN has reached out to Roberts via Twitter for comment.