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John Oliver slams Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey over banning trans youth: ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’

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John Oliver has branded Gov. Kay Ivey “Alabama’s worst Meemaw” for her law banning transgender children from gender-affirming health care.

In April, Ivey signed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, dubbed the “transgender youth ban.” This law makes it illegal to give puberty blockers or hormones to transgender people under the age of 19, with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

host Last week tonight On Sunday (May 15) Oliver called the act “absolutely appalling”

“No one should ever be criminally prosecuted for providing medical care to young people,” he said.

The comedian then turned his attention to Ivey, whom he described as “a woman who always seems like she’s going to say ‘ham.'”

“Ivey was very involved in anti-trans legislation and even made it a part of her re-election campaign,” Oliver continued, before playing Ivey’s campaign video, in which she described herself as “Alabama’s most conservative governor,” saying that it gender is about “biology, not “identity”.

“First, fuck you,” Oliver said. “As for your point about respecting ‘how God made us,’ do we? For real? Why? Because we have too many holes, far too little hair and necks, fragile lollipop bones balancing our stupid heads in a very specific direction or we die. None of that is intelligent design.”

Oliver then pointed out that many major medical associations oppose bans on gender-affirming healthcare because it “saves lives”. He called the ban a dangerous “right-wing virtue that signals sending a hateful message to a conservative base without thinking about the pain it will cause.”

He continued, “If you can look at a child and confidently say, ‘Take away the care that gives them peace and confidence,’ then you’re a bad person.”

Oliver ended the segment with a message for trans kids, saying, “You guys matter. Your life matters. I can’t imagine growing up trying to build self-esteem while your own government is trying to undermine your existence. You should know that you are deeply valuable and irreplaceable.”

For Ivey, he said: “As for Kay Ivey, what the hell is wrong with you? The people of Alabama deserve way better than you.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/john-oliver-alabama-transgender-kay-ivey-b2079857.html John Oliver slams Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey over banning trans youth: ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’

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