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Elon Musk calls out pronoun declarations as 'virtue-signaling' that bad people use as a 'shield'

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The rapid rise of radical leftist gender ideology in recent years has given birth to the bizarre trend of people announcing their preferred pronouns. Billionaire business tycoon Elon Musk has described the pronoun phenomenon as "virtue-signaling" and suggested that bad people use them as a "shield."

"Pronouns are virtue-signaling, so inevitably, as with all virtue-signaling, they will be used as a shield by bad humans," Musk tweeted. "In any event, good manners require using the person’s name, not their pronoun, when referring to them," he added.

Musk made the comments in response to tweets about a suspect in a child pornography case who recently committed suicide — the person apparently included pronouns on his Instagram profile.

An individual who was the suspect of a child pornography investigation committed suicide, New Haven police chief Karl Jacobson informed Hearst Connecticut Media Group last week. Tim Yergeau killed himself just days after authorities investigating a child pornography case mistakenly raided his neighbor's residence, but the media report indicated that the police chief declined to confirm whether Yergeau was the suspect in the case. However, the Hartford Courant reported that Jacobson confirmed that Yergeau was the suspect of the raid related to child pornography. The Courant reported that Jacobson said an internal affairs probe would examine how both raids were carried out and whether the raid on Yergeau's apartment may have impacted his decision to commit suicide.

Yergeau had at some point previously worked for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and he included "he/him/his" pronouns on his Instagram profile.

Elon Musk has also recently tweeted, "Any parent or doctor who sterilizes a child before they are a consenting adult should go to prison for life."

"The doctors should know better but my parents were lied to and coerced into giving me surgery and hormones by a team of specialists," Chloe Cole wrote in response to Musk's post. "They were told 'would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?' This was years before this debate has ignited and before covid so they trusted medical professionals more than they should've. There's a line between well-meaning but deceived parents and parents who are transing their kids for social clout."

Elon Musk agreed with Cole, writing, "Well said."

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