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.
“So, Republican rep. Dana Rohrabacher from California is was [sic] the original person who received info from Russia, because she works w/ them,” 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 Handler’s mistake, the comment section of her tweet quickly turned into an impromptu roast.
“Using the wrong pronoun is a crime in California isn’t it?” one person quipped, referring to a new law that would punishes healthcare workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use the correct pronouns for elderly transgender people living in retirement homes and assisted living facilities.
“It 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 person’s actual sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status,” the bill, which California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed at the beginning of October, reads.
Other users questioned Handler’s political acumen as a result of the gaffe.
“The fact that Chelsea didn’t know he or she tells you everything you need to know #FakeNews,” one user wrote, while another wondered: “How do you live and work in Southern California and not know that Dana Rohrabacher is a dude?”