Story at a glance:
- Unsubstantiated allegations about Wi Spa in Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood quickly spread from social media.
- Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News covered it a dozen times, called the supposed transgender woman a naked “man.”
- Anti-trans and trans-rights protesters fought in the streets outside of the spa.
The clash between conservative groups and transgender activists in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown has intensified further, and it is reportedly stoked by Tucker Carlson’s segments on Fox News.
As Changing America previously reported, dozens of protesters were arrested during a violent demonstration against a trans-inclusive Korean spa in Los Angeles.
Conservative protesters called for “female spaces” and “women’s shelters” on the behalf of a woman on Instagram who complained about a transgender customer who allegedly exposed herself to a minor in late June.
“The unsubstantiated allegations about Wi Spa in LA's Koreatown neighborhood quickly spread from social media to rightwing forums to far-right news sites to Fox News, and were distorted by anti-transgender groups across multiple countries,” The Guardian reported.
However, in newly released footage, there is no evidence of anyone exposing themselves, but there was a woman demanding employees tell her whether or not a customer was transgender. The spa said they do not discriminate by gender identity.
Fox News ran with the story a dozen times, according to Media Matters, in which host Tucker Carlson called the supposed transgender person a naked “man” in the “female kids section.”
Transgender activist Precious Child is speculated by anti-trans-rights groups to be the person involved, but she says she has never been to the spa. This did not stop Internet commentators from sending her death threats and using slurs toward her; one of her threats was a picture of a rifle with the caption “Dirty piece of sh*t predator.”
“The massive media attention resulted in two weekends of chaotic rallies in LA this month, in which anti-trans and trans-rights protesters fought in the streets, and women carrying 'protect female spaces' signs paraded alongside members of the far-right Proud Boys," said the Guardian report. “Trans counter-protesters and their supporters described being Maced, stabbed and chased by rightwing demonstrators, as well as injured by police.”
“Marie Dumouch, a 20-year-old French woman who came to both demonstrations to film and interview participants, said she was surrounded by rightwing demonstrators and bear-sprayed in the face during the 17 July protest: 'I got called a pedo lover and a bitch.'”
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