Transgender Miss Universe Owner Under Fire For ‘Woman’ Speech

Critics call out JKN Global Group CEO Anne Jakrajutatip, a trans woman, for lecturing women on what it means to be a woman
Thai businesswoman and owner of Miss Universe pageant Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip speaks during the 71st Miss Universe competition at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14, 2023. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • During a speech in front of a live audience at the 71st Miss Universe competition, the organization’s new owner proclaimed, “From now on [the organization] is going to be run by women, owned by a trans woman for all women around the world to celebrate the power of feminism!”
  • Twitter users fired back, with conservative influencer James Bradley writing, “It’s not FEMALE EMPOWERMENT when the first ‘woman’ to own the Miss Universe pageant organization was born a MAN.”
  • Spectator editor-at-large Ben Domenech responded with the comment, “Dude, come on.”

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