It’s been one week since transgender activist Janet Mock appeared on CNN for two back-to-back interviews with Piers Morgan that left both parties offended at what they perceived to be the other’s slights. Today, Mock opened up about the experience to HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill, standing by her initial assertion that Morgan “sensationalized” her story for his show.
Mock began her interview Wednesday by saying her own “personal failure” when it came dealing with Morgan was that she didn’t “express her again in the moment” that she felt it. When Mock returned for a second interview with Morgan after they traded some nasty tweets, one of the CNN host’s primary complaints was that she didn’t express her misgivings about the way he was treated her when they were recording the first time.
“Media is a transaction,” Mock told Hill. “I was on his show to promote my book and he was on his show to gain ratings. And the biggest way that he could gain ratings was not to say that this is a trans woman advocate, but by saying that this woman that you’re seeing, this pretty, attractive, black woman was a boy until 18.”
Mock went on to call the set of Piers Morgan Live an “unsafe” space for her as a transgender woman. “I left off steaming pissed and I said, ‘He really just called me a man to my face,'” she recalled.
“Piers talks about being vilified,” she said about Morgan’s reaction the day after the first interview. “You have a show, you have two million followers and you’re saying that my community is bullying you. I think that it’s a lack of people understanding their privilege.”
Watch video below, via HuffPost Live:
UPDATE (7:05pm ET): Shortly after this post appeared on Mediaite, Morgan responded on Twitter, lashing out at Mock by asking, “Is she STILL whining?”:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 12, 2014
In case you missed them the first time around, you can watch both of Morgan’s full interviews with Mock below, via CNN:
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