Graham Linehan has been kicked off Twitter again after briefly returning to the platform under a false name.
The Father Ted creator was permanently suspended from Twitter back in June, after he tweeted ‘men aren’t women tho [sic]’ in response to a Women’s Institute post, wishing a happy Pride to all of their transgender members.
As his @Glinner account is now suspended, Linehan returned to Twitter under the handle @scarlysimon, but outed himself in what he seemingly believed was a ‘gotcha’ stunt.
Posing as a ‘fun trans guy’ on Twitter, the 52-year-old attacked the executive director of Amnesty Ireland Colm O’Gorman for signing an open letter published by Transgender Network Ireland in GCN, which supported the transgender community on Trans Day of Remembrance.
O’Gorman responded to Linehan’s now-deleted tweet, which seemed to complain about men signing the letter of support for trans people.
He wrote: ‘What, all four of them? The minority are men from what I can see. Fascinating, yet again women are ignored by the very same people who accuse others of ignoring women.’
Linehan wrote back: ‘Hi Colm, this is actually Graham Linehan. Good to see you’ll respond to an anonymous account on Twitter, and not the granddaughter of Sean MacBride. You’re a traitor to women, gay people and yourself. Worth losing the account to say this.’
Linehan was referencing Iseult White, the granddaughter of Amnesty International co-founder Sean MacBride, who has accused the letter signed by O’Gorman as ‘denying legitimate representation to people of conscience’.
Linehan celebrated his tweet on the account, writing: ‘Hey, everyone I just outed myself to Colm O’Gorman and Twitter. New sim card ahoy!’
He also boasted on his Substack: ‘Got him.’
His fake account’s bio read: ‘Fun trans guy, or maybe Graham Linehan. It’s almost like people can lie about their identity on here!’
However, the account, which had just over 200 followers, has now been suspended.
O’Gorman tweeted: ‘So there we have it, a man so virulent in his anti-trans stance that he got banned from Twitter sets up a false account posing as a trans man. Par for the course.
‘Honestly, if it wasn’t so toxic and damaging, it would be almost funny. In a sad sort of way.’
Linehan co-created beloved comedy series including Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd, but in recent years, has become known for his transphobic tweets against transgender rights activism.
He has purposely misgendered multiple people and in late 2018, he compared trans activists to Nazis.
However, he has denied that he is transphobic, and claims instead to be fighting for women’s rights.
After being suspended from Twitter, Linehan continued to share his views on Substack, as well as on his YouTube channel.
Credit: Original article published here.