But Celebuzz was surprised when during a conference call to promote the reality show’s sixth season, the designer uttered, “Did you hear that GLAAD kicked me out?”
What did he say to anger the organization?
“I was talking about a transgender person. I try to keep up with all these politically correct terms but I still don’t know. And I called someone a he/she. I didn’t really know that it was offensive and rather than someone from GLAAD calling me and educating me, what they did was they sent me a threatening letter that if I didn’t issue a public apology that I could no longer be associated with GLAAD.”
Lewis continued, “Well of course I did not do that, because I don’t agree with that, because I didn’t mean anything by it and they kicked me out of the club. That’s where the honesty gets me into hot water even though I didn’t mean anything by it all. You think they’d just educate me rather than just you know. I don’t know they just booted me.”
When Celebuzz reached out for comment from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), they provided us with the following statement:
“In July 2011, we published a guest post on GLAAD’s site from a leading trans writer in response to Lewis’ comments in a Curbed.com interview, but Jeff is mistaken when he says that GLAAD did not reach out to offer a discussion. Before the guest post went up, we contacted Lewis’ team letting them know how members of the trans community were deeply offended by the words he used and asked if he would like to speak further and be open to crafting a brief statement. Several days later, their response was that he was not going to issue a clarification or apology, so today’s comments are surprising.”
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