Comedian Cameron Esposito Turned One Politician's Transphobic Tweet Into An Opportunity For Change

"Turn a heartless joke into heartfelt action."

Earlier this week, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee posted an offensive tweet about New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who recently teared up over Donald Trump's "un-American" executive order banning refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Huckabee's tweet made reference to the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry, which tells the true story of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man who was murdered in 1993.


Many on Twitter were quick to point out just how problematic Huckabee's comment was, not only for being transphobic, but also because Schumer's great-grandmother and seven of her nine children were killed in the Holocaust.

One especially notable response to Huckabee's tweet came from comedian Cameron Esposito. After calling out the former governor for his insensitivity toward the LGBT community, Esposito, who is a lesbian, announced she was donating to Trans Lifeline, a hotline that provides transgender people in crisis with help and support. She encouraged others to do the same.

"Turn a heartless joke into heartfelt action & donate to @Translifeline in Brandon Teena's memory. I am!" she wrote on Saturday night.

Several people followed Esposito's lead and tweeted their receipts, thanking her for choosing to take positive action in response to Huckabee's offensive comment.

In 24 hours, Esposito and her followers raised $15,000. By Monday afternoon, they'd made it to $20,000. The comedian encouraged people to continue donating.

It's not the first time in recent days that a celebrity has used a hateful tweet as a catalyst for good. Last month, shortly after Trump signed the executive order, actor Kal Penn received a message saying he didn't belong in the United States. Penn went on to raise half a million dollars for Syrian refugees.

(H/T: Fusion)

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