AceShowbiz - Trisha Paytas recently became a hot topic among social media users when she announced that she identifies "a thousand percent" both as transgender and as her natural-born gender. This irked many people on the Internet who were quick to blast her, and Trisha has now responded to the backlash. However, her response only fueled people's anger towards her.
The scandal first started when the YouTuber posted on her channel a 15-minute video in which she said, "I identify more as a gay man because I like guys but I also identify as a guy." She then said that people "can be a guy some days and be a girl some days," before describing herself as "a transgender female to male, but also, like, a drag queen" because she enjoyed dressing as a woman.
In the video, she also noted that she's transgender because she doesn't "wear makeup or do my hair my day to day life," and because she wishes "I had penis so that my assertiveness would be respected and I wouldn't be thought of as a b***h." Making matters worse, Trisha also said that she would continue using her birth name and female pronouns because she's not a fan of non-binary pronouns.
Following her now-viral video, people called out Trisha for exploiting the LGBTQ community for attention. The backlash was so severe that she eventually posted another video to respond to the criticism. Admitting that she was "overwhelmed" by the backlash, Trisha insisted that she had always been trapped in her own body and shared that she had been talking to a gender therapist for the past six months.
"I feel like I should just apologize so people just stop being nasty to me because this is something that I've really struggled with," she said. "… It just sucks because I feel like I'm apologizing and I just don't want to apologize because it took me so long to get to this point." She went on defending her previous statement, "I can't apologize for who I am and how I feel and it sucks that we live in this world and I'm just not allowed to identify as a man because of how I look... I dress up in wigs and makeup, but I'm still a boy too."
"How can you tell me who I am and what I am on the inside? How can you tell me that? ...You haven't been with my struggles mentally. It just sucks," Trisha continued. "...My story and my truth isn't meant to like, offend anyone. I didn't think it would. I wasn't talking about anyone but myself. For that I apologize because that hurts my heart more than not being able to be myself."
But instead of being forgiven, Trisha received more backlash. One person, who identified himself as a trans man, pointed out that her wording was "incredibly harmful, toxic and insensitive, whether you meant for it to be or not." One other called her video "the worst video I've ever seen. Since yesterday." Some others, meanwhile, urged Trisha to take a break from the Internet and get some help as they believed she had a major mental health issues.
"I want to slap her, look her in the face and say: 'Gurl, tf wake up,' " another said. "Here this 'male' is crying again for the bs she started. You knew better, you just wanted the clout. Get tf off the internet," one other noted, with someone saying, "You've officially taken this too far. This is distasteful & offensive to the trans community. Get help Trish."