Due to Owen Benjamin’s “increasingly negative” remarks on hormone replacement treatment for young ‘transgender’ children, the University of Connecticut has canceled his scheduled event.
The comedian was scheduled to perform at the university on October 25 but administrators, as well as the student group that invited him, canceled the event last week, citing concerns over remarks Benjamin made regarding hormone replacement therapy for young children.
“Being in favor of trans rights does not make you a liberal, which I am, I’m in favor of trans rights,” Benjamin said during a question and answer session at a college event. “Am I in a favor of preventing an 8-year-old from going through puberty because they want to wear a dress? Of course not. I’m so against that.”
“If that’s going to make me a bigot, then I’m a bigot. Because when I was five, when I was three, when I was seven, all I did was play the piano, weave cloth, go to my dad’s operas. I hated sports, I wore velour pants,” he continued. “I probably would have been labeled trans. I’m artistic, I probably would have wanted to wear a dress at some point.”
The University of Connecticut took offense to his remarks and wrote an email explaining why he would be canceled.