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.
Gareth Roberts is a transphobic piece of shit. He deserves to be left in Doctor Who’s past.
— Aaron Funnell (@aaronpeterf) September 6, 2017
Late to this but had to frantically find out what episodes of Doctor Who Gareth Roberts wrote after his transphobic remarks…
— Stew Elliott (@StewCElliott) September 5, 2017
Hopefully @bbcdoctorwho won’t hire Gareth Roberts again since he’s transphobic? Seems especially strange when the doctor is now…trans.
— Lo 🏳️🌈 (@lo_down_woman) September 5, 2017
Gareth Roberts has just become my least favourite Doctor Who writer. What a nasty transphobic man.https://t.co/XMU85wPfAC
— Peter 🌈 (@pjazmo) September 4, 2017
Gareth Roberts just another transphobic gay man who thinks he’s cool and edgy but can’t write for shit
— creepy waitress (@gothicgarfield) September 4, 2017
— Matthew Tiemstra (@ClockworkPlay) September 4, 2017
I knew Gareth Roberts was a bit of a dick.
Didn’t realise he was a transphobic cunt, though.
— Dimmeh Looming (@TheDimmeh) September 3, 2017
Some Twitter users even called on BBC to condemn Roberts’ remarks.
@bbcdoctorwho We would appreciate it if the BBC and Doctor Who would condemn the transphobic statements made by Gareth Roberts.
— Samuel Irvin (@samuel_r_irvin) September 5, 2017
GSN has reached out to Roberts via Twitter for comment.