She phoned into ABC’s “The View” on Thursday morning with polished talking points: “These bathroom laws are about whether trans people have the right to exist in public space,” she said. “It is not a states’ rights issue; it is a civil rights issue.”
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter the same day, Cox said, “Our government is not acknowledging the humanity of trans people, not acknowledging that we are who we say we are.”
Hours later, she appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” — that crucible of Beltway punditry — where she faced off against conservative activist Travis Weber.
When Weber brought up a scenario in which a 14-year-old girl is in a locker room “and someone comes in with male genitalia … of course they’re going to be harmed,” Cox wasn’t having it.
“I think it’s important when we have conversations with and about transgender people that we do not reduce us to body parts,” she said. “We are more than the sum of our parts, and it’s so deeply objectifying and dehumanizing to talk about trans people and reduce us to body parts.”
And later that night (there’s apparently no rest for an in-demand actor vist), Cox used her appearance at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to hammer the issue.
“They’re trying to get us out and make us not exist anymore and erase us, but we will not be erased,” the actress said, per People mag.