Graham Linehan Wiki – Biography
Graham Linehan is an Irish comedian who, in collaboration with Arthur Mathews, has written or co-written a string of television comedies. He created or co-created the sitcoms Father Ted, Black Books, and The IT Crowd.
Yet I’m the man who wrote the much-loved Father Ted! Why is it that I’ve become so suddenly unpopular? The thought crime for which I have been tried and found guilty is that I believe biological reality exists.
Graham Linehan Born
Born 22 May 1968Dublin, Ireland
Graham Linehan Nationality
Nationality Irish, Ireland
Graham Linehan Medium
Medium Television, film, twitter
Graham Linehan about transgender
I believe women are females. I believe everyone should be able to present themselves as they wish but that women’s hard-won rights must not be compromised for the benefit of men suffering body dysphoria – which is to say men who feel they are stuck in the wrong body.
Most of all, I believe that gender ideology, in its currently fashionable form, is dangerous, incoherent nonsense.
Graham Linehan toxic trans rights activism
Before I knew how toxic trans rights activism was, I wrote an episode of my Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd with a trans character. The response was more venomous than I was used to but as bad as it was, at least I was allowed to write it. That was in 2013.
In 2020, such an episode would never air. And that is because the first generation who didn’t go out to play has grown up to become clones of Mary Whitehouse. The new puritans.
some more unfounded allegations pic.twitter.com/NRhTS9Khhs
— freedom of screech ↙️↙️↙️ (@2damntrans) February 7, 2020
Graham Linehan Career
Linehan and Mathews first met while working at Hot Press In their early collaborations, they were responsible for segments in many sketches shows, including Alas Smith and Jones, Harry Enfield and Chums, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, The Day Today and the Ted and Ralph characters in The Fast Show (the characters were created by Linehan and Mathews and played by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson). The two continued their collaboration with Paris (one series, 1994) and Father Ted (three series, 1995–1998). They then wrote the first series of the sketch show Big Train, but Linehan was not involved in the second series.
They also wrote the “Dearth of A Salesman” episode for the series Coogan’s Run, which featured the character, Gareth Cheeseman. In late 2003, they were named one of the 50 funniest acts to work on television by The Observer.
Graham Linehan Anti-transgender activism
Linehan has tweeted extensively about transgender issues, which he became involved with following criticism of an episode of The IT Crowd he had written in which a character unknowingly dates a trans woman. Linehan has described himself as being skeptical of the self-identification of gender, objecting to “privileged white people saying you must accept anyone who says they are a woman”. He has said that “anyone suffering from gender dysphoria needs to be helped and supported”, and has voiced concern over early transgender intervention for children.
In October 2018, Stephanie Hayden, a transgender woman, sued Linehan for harassment. Hayden alleged that Linehan had shared photos on Twitter of Hayden’s family and her life before a transition, suggested that she was a criminal, and repeatedly misgendered her and deadnamed her by using her previous name. Linehan, in turn, alleged that Hayden publicized several private addresses linked to his family to silence him. Linehan was issued with a verbal warning by police not to contact Hayden.
Linehan has compared transgender activism to Nazi Germany, saying “if you were around the time of something terrible happening like Nazism, would you be one of the people who said, ‘This is wrong,’ despite being opposed?” In the same interview, he described the trans movement as “provid[ing] cover” for “fetishists, con-men, and simply abusive misogynists”. In a statement to PinkNews about his comments, Linehan said: “when a magazine purportedly for gay people, collaborates in homosexual erasure by indulging the straight fantasy that men can be lesbians, something has gone deeply wrong”. Linehan described the anti-transgender lesbian protesters at the 2018 London Pride event as “heroes”.