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16 Times Celebs Called Out Interviewers For Their Homophobic Or Transphobic Comments

Kudos to these celebs for standing up for the LGBTQ community.

Sometimes, interviewers say some pretty anti-gay, anti-trans things to or about celebrities. Even nowadays, in 2022! It's Pride Month, so it's important to acknowledge how much work some people have to do and how much more progress needs to be made!

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Here are 16 times celebs spoke up against homophobic or transphobic comments from interviewers:

1. When Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik went back at an interviewer who insinuated negative things about male One Direction fans:

Louis getting pissed at a homophobic interviewer and defending his LGBT fans. (why isn’t this video everywhere?)

Twitter: @LHupdates

2. When Barbara Walters pressed Ricky Martin to come out in 2000. Ricky insisted that sexuality was a private matter and she kept pushing, saying, "Well, you could stop these rumors."

close up of Ricky

Last year, Ricky called out how invasive and inappropriate Barbara was, saying he felt trapped, afraid, and violated.

close up of Ricky in an interview

3. When Katie Couric asked an invasive question about trans model Carmen Carrera's genitalia and Laverne Cox stepped in to educate Katie:

Laverne saying, the preoccupation of transition and surgery takes away from real experience and objectifies trans people

4. And when she said this to Travis Weber, who was arguing against trans women being able to use women's bathrooms:

Laverne on the news saying, do not reduce us to body parts, we are more than the sum of our parts

5. When Madonna went back on this rude interviewer who suggested people are gonna find her film's discussions of anti-gayness offensive:

When promoting the documentary Truth or Dare in 1991, Madonna effortlessly shuts down this interviewer's question about how the homophobic public will react to the film.

Twitter: @JustifyMyLee

6. When Mariah Carey went back at Carson Daly for making an anti-gay comment saying the "Loverboy" shirts were only for women:

Mariah on the show holding up the Tshirt saying a guy can also wear it

7. And when Ariana Grande did the same after Power 106 interviewers said the unicorn emoji was for girls or "boy-ees," whatever that means:

8. When Tom Hardy pushed back after a reporter asked about his "ambiguous" sexuality:

9. When Azealia Banks handled this awkward question about gays perfectly:

View this video on YouTube

The Breakfast Club / Via

10. When Melissa Etheridge checked Elisabeth Hasselbeck (a notorious "marriage is between a man and a woman" person) on The View after gay marriage was denied in California at the time:

melissa saying, well, thomas jefferson said the rights of the minority should not be voted on by the majority

11. When Lady Gaga shut down Anderson Cooper's anti-trans question about her being a "hermaphrodite":

lady gaga saying who cares if she has a penis or not

12. When Janet Mock penned this essay after Breakfast Club interviewers Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy talked with guest Lil Duval, who said he'd "kill" a trans woman if he found out she was trans after sleeping with her. Then, they held up Janet's book and talked and laughed about her look:

the header of the essay titled Dear men of the breakfast club trans women aren't a prop, ploy, or sexual predators

13. When German singer, Till Lindemann, went back at this interviewer who was being anti-trans in 2015:

The interviewer was transphobic and Till chose to pull some king shit.

Twitter: @JaymzHomofield

14. When Paul McCartney responded to this interviewer who acted like there was no "alternative" to liking girls, SMH:

I cant stop thinking about this homophobic interviewer … like😩

Twitter: @spideytcrch

15. When Barbara Walters stood up to Bill O'Reilly after he questioned why "this gay guy" Adam Lambert made it on her Most Fascinating People list in 2009. He also said Lambert performs "that way because he's gay":

Barbara saying, don't be homophobic, he also has talent

16. And lastly, when Fall Out Boy shut down this rude, homophobic interviewer:

Look at my man calling out a homophobic interviewer on this fine day.

Twitter: @fakepstump

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