- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2020

Journalist and podcaster Jemele Hill apologized to the trans community Monday after a tweet resurfaced in which she used the derogatory word “tranny.”

“My FB friends are calling him ‘Manny the Tranny’… so inappropriate and hilarious,” the former ESPN anchor wrote in 2009 when she was still working as a reporter for the network.

A screenshot of the tweet was shared by Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy after Ms. Hill shared a video of past “racist” statements by him.



After some hesitation, Ms. Hill eventually deleted the offending tweet and reaffirmed her stance as a trans ally.

“Let me address this,” she tweeted to her 1.2 million followers. “I saw some folks circulating this tweet from 2009 in my TL after I criticized Barstool’s Dave Portnoy for a racist skit that went viral yesterday. Let me explain why I kept this tweet up when it was brought to my attention.

“I kept the tweet up because I welcomed the opportunity to apologize and to show growth,” she continued. “See, unlike some people, I’m not defensive about my moments of failure. I learn from them and own it.

“I don’t care about Dave Portnoy or any of the other Barstool sycophants RT’ing this into my TL, like it’s some gotcha moment,” she added. “I care about the trans community I belittled and offended. If they don’t see me as an ally because of this, it’s my job to show them that I am.”

Mr. Portnoy has not addressed the videos in which he used the N-word or joked about blackface, but he has railed against the “cancel cops” trying to demand an apology.

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