Viewers slam ‘appalling’ Channel 4 Genderquake debate

Viewers slam ‘appalling’ Channel 4 Genderquake debate that saw transgender model Munroe Bergdorf being heckled by an audience member shouting ‘penis’

  • Munroe Bergdorf asked for audience member to be removed after being heckled
  • An audience member appeared to repeatedly say the word ‘penis’ during debate
  • Viewers have criticised debate and say woman should have been removed

Viewers have slammed Channel 4’s Genderquake debate that saw transgender model Munroe Bergdorf being heckled by audience members.

Munroe, 31, asked a member of the audience to be removed, after a woman appeared to repeatedly say the word ‘penis’ during the heated debate.

Another panellist, journalist Ash Sarkar, called for ‘respect’ from the audience, while broadcaster Cathy Newman, who was chairing the debate, attempted to move the discussion on.

However, viewers have described the debate – which also included panellists Germaine Greer and Caitlyn Jenner – as ‘appalling’, arguing that hecklers in the audience should have been removed.

Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf asked for a member of the audience to be removed after being heckled on Channel 4’s Genderquake 

The woman was seen shouting from the audience as tensions flared up during the debate 

Tensions flared up after Munroe was asked to explain a tweet she had previously posted that said ‘Not all women have reproductive systems’.

At this point, a member of the audience appeared to say ‘shame on you’, to which the former L’Oreal model replied: ‘Do you dispute the fact that not all women can produce babies?’ 

Following further comments from the audience member, she responded: ‘I’m not going to talk to you if there’s not even a base level of respect.’   

Feminist author Germaine Greer then began to add her thoughts to the discussion, explaining how she hadn’t ovulated in 30 years, to which Munroe questioned ‘Are you less of a woman because of it?’

Munroe, 31, described how she was experiencing transphobia from members of the audience 

Viewers described the way the debate was handled as ‘appalling’ following the heckling from members of the audience 

Munroe later took to Twitter, saying that she and Caitlyn Jenner had been subjected to ‘transphobic heckling’ 

When Germaine replied ‘No’, an audience member could be heard replying: ‘She’s still a woman though. Not a man. Not a man lecturing women’. 

Panellist Ash Sarkar then intervened, saying: ‘This is so poorly managed, to put some very brave panellists  in front of such hostility. 

‘If we’re going to have this discussion, it should be conducted with respect. You should stop yelling penis every five seconds, like you’re five years old.’ 

Munroe then added: ‘It’s transphobia. This is what people are contesting with, this is what’s driving trans kids to self harm. 

Tensions flared up when an audience member shouted out while Germaine Greer was making a comment during the debate 

Another panellist, journalist Ash Sarkar, called for ‘respect’ and asked a member of the audience to ‘stop yelling penis every five seconds, like you’re five years old’ 

‘I’m actually experiencing transphobia here. I would actually like this woman to be removed.’ 

Viewers were quick to react, criticising the way that the debate was handled.

One wrote: ‘The lack of management of heckling on #genderquake was appalling. Audience members shouting abuse, on either side, should be removed. 

‘One of your guests had to directly call out transphobia, after it continued. @MunroeBergdorf did well not to walk.’

Despite the controversy, some viewers praised Channel 4 for holding the debate 

Another added: ‘The level of transphobia in that debate was appalling. What’s happened to basic human respect? #Genderquake #GenderQuakeDebate’.

However, some viewers did praise Channel 4 for holding the debate in the first place.

One wrote: ‘Pleased to hear that the issues surrounding trans kids have been raised in the #genderquake debate on @Channel4’.

MailOnline has contacted Channel 4 for comment.  

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