In the wake of Chris Tyson receiving hormone therapy as they explore their gender identity, transphobic commentary has emerged on social media. One significant backlash to this was initiated by Australian YouTuber SunnyV2, who speculated that Tyson’s change in gender identity may lessen the popularity of the MrBeast channel. However, channel host Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, spoke out against the unwarranted backlash on Twitter, calling the transphobia ‘absurd’ and asserting Tyson’s individuality.
Some critics have called on MrBeast to leverage his platform towards supporting trans rights and initiatives that offer assistance to the trans community. In the meantime, MrBeast’s tweets have sparked both positive reactions and harmful transphobic remarks.
Despite the negativity, Tyson appears to be secure in their personal life, tweeting about the strong, accepting co-parenting relationship that exists between themselves and their spouse. The MrBeast channel continues to thrive with millions of viewers, with the most recent video attracting 109 million views.
It is likely that Donaldson, who has a reputation as a prominent philanthropist, will continue to use his influence to speak out against transphobia and support the trans community.
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