Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore leaves Twitter following transphobic row

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Suzanne Moore, who frequently writes for the Guardian newspaper, appears to have left Twitter this afternoon having faced heavy criticism for her controversial remarks about the trans community.

The journalist came under fire for a line in an article in the New Statesman titled, Seeing Red: The Power of Female Anger, which was published on 8 January. In it she wrote:

“[Women] are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual.”

She then defended her use of the phrase “Brazilian transsexual” – which many considered to be offensive – not least because Brazil has an appalling record on transphobic hate crime.

During a heated exchange with twitter user @jonanamary, Moore defended her use of the word, before finally tweeting: “People can just fuck off really. Cut their dicks off and be more feminist than me. Good for them.”

Responding to the row on Thursday, Guardian columnist Julie Bindel tweeted @PinkNews: “Can those of us who hate bullying PLEASE do something about the trans cabal running a witch hunt everytime they get offended?

Bindel’s tweet quickly drew several critical remarks.

On Friday in a comment piece for PinkNews, blogger Zoe Stavri called on Moore to apologise and to “stop digging” by making further inflammatory comments.

Later in the afternoon, it became apparent that Suzanne Moore’s Twitter account had been deactivated.

Harry Cole, the contributing editor of the Specator, the publication which initially published Moore’s utterance of “Brazillian Transexual” tweeted on Friday “Seriously? The tranny lobby bullied someone off of twitter for saying the ideal body is that ‘of a Brazilian transsexual’. Pathetic.”

Cole, who also blogs for the political site Guido Fawkes, mentioned PinkNews’ previous article about Julie Bindel’s controversial remarks about a “trans cabal”. He said: “good on her”.