Skip to comments.Bloomsburg [PA] Fair fundraiser dunk tank targeting Rachel Levine criticized as ‘transphobic’
Posted on 07/20/2020 5:36:56 PM PDT by lightman
Photos of a dunk tank posted to the Bloomsburg Fairs Facebook page have drawn criticism for transphobia, even after they have been removed.
The dunk tank, according to the initial post made by the fair, was part of an effort to raise money for fire companies in the Bloomsburg area. The post included photos of someone in a dunk tank wearing a dress and wig, meant to resemble Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Dr. Levine? Thank you. You were a hit and raised a lot of money for the local fire companies, the post read. It goes on to say Wonder why so many were trying to dunk you with a smiling emoji, suggesting disapproval or dissatisfaction with the states handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Levine, a transgender woman, has been at the forefront of Pennsylvanias coronavirus response as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health under Gov. Tom Wolf. This has led to her being targeted by critics of the states shutdowns and health mandates, criticism often accompanied by attacks on Levines identity.
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The post has since been removed from the Bloomsburg Fairs website, but not before images of it were captured and began to circulate on social media. Several comments condemning the event and demanding apologies for Levine and the LGBTQ+ community were also made on the fairs other posts.
The Bloomsburg Fair has yet to issue a public comment on the post or the dunk tank, and as of publishing did not reply to requests for comment on this story.
Bloomsburg Fair [Columbia County] shared these photos from their offensive fundraising activity focusing on the pandemic and the highly decorated Dr. Rachel Levine, said Justin M. Correll, board member of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, on his own Facebook page. There is no way for them to state that this was a slip of the keys or accidentally clicking post. This was a fully thought out episode of a clear lack of judgment, criticizing both personally & professionally a well-respected medical professional and all out display of hate. This bigotry is clearly not an accident as the post and multiple pictures from the event are depicted.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims, a graduate of Bloomsburg University, made the following statement on Twitter, denouncing the dunk tank and the Bloomsburg Fairs actions:
BLOOMSBURG: As an extremely proud @BloomsburgU alum, and as someone who truly loves the Town of Bloomsburg, I cant begin to say how disgusted I am with the transphobia that occurred at, and was subsequently promoted by, the @BloomsburgFair today. 1/5 pic.twitter.com/j4U3ZROp0h Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) July 20, 2020
The Pa. Department of Health did not have a response to this story, other than to refer to a statement made by the Pennsyvlania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs in June defending her public service record and denouncing the vile and toxic transphobia which is sometimes spread by her critics.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, Pennsylvanians have tremendously benefited from the steadfast leadership of Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, read a statement by the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs made in June, a response to other instances of transphobic comments or actions made toward the secretary.
The statement continued, stating, Week after week, members of the LGBTQ community and thousands of Pennsylvanians have tuned in to be informed by our Health Secretary only to be assaulted by streams of comments and slurs aimed directly at Dr. Levine and indirectly at all transgender Pennsylvanians. Whether a member of the media is misgendering her or social media comments are lobbed her way, we admire how Dr. Levine has shown poise and the highest degree of professionalism.
Dr. Levine's "highest degree of professionalism" has led to 4804 of Pennsylvania's 7018 COVID deaths occurring in Long Term Care (Nursing Homes).
Even Coumotose hasn't come near that percentage!
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Everyone that I know is disgusted by this mentally ill male.
Yes because traditional political mockery is not allowed because the dude has a mental illness eff off
A celebration of Personal Liberty.
She’s a dude, Jim.
“Levine, a transgender woman, “
Rachel is a mentally ill man
who LOVES his mother,
and protected HER first, before
he murdered hundreds or thousands of innocents.
Was the dunk tank filled with hair gel?
The guy is mentally ill.
... To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. ‘Or make fun of!’
Now simply known as "Representative Soyboy."
As someone famous once said, To see who rules over you
look at who you may not criticize.
You may be thinking of the Bloomsburg State Fair...always came right after the York Fair.
I used to watch the PRR shunting James Strates Shows fleet of cars to load the rides to take them to Bloomsburg. Both locales were on PRR trackage.
“Dr. Rachel Levine ... a transgender woman ...”
Lieutenant Roscoe, NYPD, is hellbent on arresting the racers. After a series of failed attempts, wasting lots of time and effort from police departments across the country, Roscoe has a bunch of police cars lined up near Long Beach, ready to speed after the Ferrari and a Cobra and arrest them. However the racers drive by the speed trap at 55mph.
Roscoe, crying, looks up in the sky, and says, "why...why?" The camera pans to the sky and a voice says "You're an a****le, Roscoe. That's why." (No, it wasn't God...it was an angry fellow policeman.)
It usually isn't because of what you look like, how you dress, your sexual preferences, your race, your religion, or which sports team you like....more often than not, if you're called a****le, it's because...you're a****le.
Dr Levine, it's not because of your gender choice or your clothes....
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