Model and son of entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins, Christian Wilkins, has called out The Daily Mail for a “homophobic and misogynistic” headline written about him.
Wilkins took to Instagram to call out the publication for this headline, “Dude looks like a lady! Richard Wilkin’s flamboyant son Christian flaunts his very toned figure in a skintight pink mini dress with daring cutouts.”
Wilkins posted a response via an Instagram story and wrote over the article, “It’s completely homophobic and misogynistic statements like these that cause anxiety and fear in many LGBTQI people. Yes, I know I’m in a dress and celebrate my feminity, but come on, ‘Dude looks like a lady!'”
Wilkins was wearing the pink number to Fair Day, the annual all-day celebration that kicks off the beginning of Mardi Gras. It’s a day of expression, fun and inclusivity.
Wilkins told B&T, “It’s just so disappointing that we still operate in a society where a major media network can attempt to reduce someone for how they look or being who they are!
“Especially on a day like yesterday, which was all about the celebration of our uniqueness. I assume that the writer was making a poor attempt at humour, and if they felt the need to slam someone, I’m glad it was someone like me, because I know I can take it!
“But for so many LGBTQI people, especially young people, headlines and sayings like this only compound their fear of coming out and being who they are.
“Humiliation is a very powerful motivator, and I’d really hate for any person to see that article and attempt to hide.
“The whole ethics of Mardi Gras is to spread love, and while this whole saga is sad, I trust in the fact that the LGBTQI community has always been about welcoming our fellow members, no matter who they are or what they look like.”