A CNN tweet posting an article about a transgender man that gave birth to a child was not warmly received by many on social media.
Here's what happened
The article focuses on Sabastion Sparks, a transgender man, who is married to Angel Sparks, a transgender woman, and their son, Jaxen.
He gave birth. He breastfed. Now, he wants his son to see him as a man. https://t.co/txcTfgGFuA https://t.co/cHnDBrBIvW— CNN (@CNN)1529072944.0
"He gave birth. He breastfed," read the tweet from CNN. "Now, he wants his son to see him as a man."
The article explains some of the challenges of the transgender family, like when they had to pause their hormone treatments in order to conceive their child. They also explained that they faced discrimination in public from others who didn't accept their lifestyle.
The article is tagged for Father's Day.
What was the reaction to the tweet?
Many conservatives on social media mocked the attempt by CNN to normalize the left side of the transgender debate.
"And I want my son to see me as a flying superhero who is faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings in a single bound," tweeted Ben Shapiro. "But that's bulls*** too, so he won't."
"All Democrats have to do is not be insane," said Jesse Kelly of the Federalist. "And they can't do it."
"This is the literal definition of fake news," tweeted Matt Walsh. Just do me a favor and never, ever lecture about science if you think "he gave birth" is a sentence that makes sense."
Others mocked the cable channel by referencing their own commercial touting their dedication to the truth.
This is an apple. Some people might try and tell you that it’s a banana, they might scream banana, banana, banana over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not. This is an apple.” pic.twitter.com/CTkywpOgJO
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 15, 2018
While LGBT rights advocates say that there is a distinction between sex and gender and that the latter is subject to choice, many criticize the view as being anti-scientific and against common sense.