Should Chelsea Handler be prosecuted for misgendering Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)? Some people seem to think so: the comedian-turned-activist mistakenly referred to Rohrabacher as a woman in a Twitter post bashing the lawmaker on political grounds.
â€śSo, Republican rep. Dana Rohrabacher from California is was [sic] the original person who received info from Russia, because she works w/ them,â€ť Handler wrote on Saturday.
So, Republican rep. Dana Rohrabacher from California is was the original person who received info from Russia, because she works w/ them.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 29, 2017
Rohrabacher, a veteran politician who served as a speech writer for President Ronald Reagan and has held elected office in California since 1989, is very much a man. Once people started realizing Handlerâ€™s mistake, the comment section of her tweet quickly turned into an impromptu roast.
â€śUsing the wrong pronoun is a crime in California isnâ€™t it?â€ť one person quipped, referring to a new law that would punishes healthcare workers who â€świllfully and repeatedlyâ€ť decline to use the correct pronouns for elderly transgender people living in retirement homes and assisted living facilities.
â€śIt shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a personâ€™s actual sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status,â€ť the bill, which California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed at the beginning of October, reads.
Other users questioned Handlerâ€™s political acumen as a result of the gaffe.
â€śThe fact that Chelsea didnâ€™t know he or she tells you everything you need to know #FakeNews,â€ť one user wrote, while another wondered: â€śHow do you live and work in Southern California and not know that Dana Rohrabacher is a dude?â€ť