A trans activist author who wrote a graphic fantasy about slaughtering women is under fire after expressing support for Osama bin Laden on social media. Gretchen Felker-Martin, a trans-identified male, was forced to delete the tweet after experiencing backlash.
On November 15, Felker-Martin took to his X (formerly Twitter) account to praise bin Laden for his role in “blowing up the World Trade Center,” calling it “the most principled and defensible thing he ever did.”
The attacks of September 11, 2001, caused the deaths of over 2,900 people, including 343 New York firefighters — a figure which has since doubled if counting the long-term impact of 9/11-related illnesses and injuries.
Felker-Martin’s comments come with the uncritical resurgence of support for bin Laden on social media applications such as TikTok, where sections of the terrorist’s final “letter to America” have gained popularity amongst western leftists.
While Felker-Martin quickly deleted his praise for bin Laden, screenshots quickly began circulating and attracting backlash.
“So the guy working the graveyard shift to keep the World Trade Center clean and functioning had it coming on 9/11, huh,” one user asked sarcastically.
“The smoke from the plane hitting the pentagon could be seen from my job in DC (walking distance from the Capitol). [One] colleague’s drove us to MD. Another drove me [to] sibling’s home from metro. Her BF was killed at the Pentagon. Only her torso & other parts were found. [Tooth] ID,” another user shared.
“You used the words ‘principled’ and ‘defensible’ for the immeasurable agony caused to the victims, their families and to this country – are you kidding us right now,” another said.
After deleting the tweet, Felker-Martin attempted to blame his comments on strong emotions caused by the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
“Please excuse my stupid month-and-a-half-of-watching-genocide-happen breakdown posting. Taking a benzo and logging the fuck out for a while!” He soon after followed up with another apologetic tweet as outraged replies continued to pour in.
“The other day in a moment of distress I talked out my ass to play devil’s advocate in a tasteless, needless way. I sincerely regret it, and I apologize to anyone hurt or offended by my thoughtless words.”
Felker-Martin is best known for his work Manhunt, which follows the story of two trans-identified males attempting to navigate a post-apocalyptic wasteland in which anyone with high levels of testosterone turns into a zombie. The characters, having run out of synthetic estrogen, take to eating the testicles of the undead males in order to get their supply and to stave off the plague. Along the way, they hunt down women who are depicted as “TERF soldiers.”
The novel features egregious sexual themes and eroticized violence against women, including an obvious fantasy by Felker-Martin in which the trans-identified males are made sex slaves for the biological women.
In one of the first chapters, one of the transgender protagonists gets an erection while attempting to kill one of the female soldiers. The same character has repeated fantasies throughout the novel at imagining “TERFs” dressed in leather and acting as female dominatrixes.
Towards the end of the novel, Felker-Martin pens a particularly grotesque scene in which a Black woman is killed by having her womb removed while still conscious. The woman is verbally abused during the procedure.
Capitalizing on themes of violence against women aren’t unfamiliar to Felker-Martin, who came to widespread criticism last year when he downplayed rape as an experience that’s not “uniquely horrible,” going on to proudly declare: “I’ve never written anything without at least one rape scene in it.”
Felker-Martin also wrote “I truly, sincerely believe art should have more rape in it.”
Earlier this year, Felker-Martin came under fire for posting an apparent desire to slit the throats of JK Rowling, Helen Joyce, and Jesse Singal.
“Blood on Jesse Singal’s hands, blood on Helen Joyce’s. Rowling’s, every ‘just-asking-questions’ journalist and fear-mongering TERF. You’re scared for your children? They’re killing ours,’ Felker-Martin wrote, adding: “If they all had one throat, man.”
Martin’s comments were made following the death of transgender teenager Brianna Ghey, who was murdered by two other teenagers at Culcheth Linear Park in Cheshire, UK. While a boy and girl, both aged 15, from the local area have been charged in connection to the murder, no motive has been released.
Though police have continued to caution members of the public against speculation, trans activists have claimed the murder was the result of “transphobia” and have blamed JK Rowling and other women critical of gender ideology for the death.
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