People do a lot of things when they feel they are in danger. You know, the whole “fight or flight” thing. Well, some people also lie. And that’s what model Carissa Pinkston decided to do after being "fired," likely for comments she made that said trans women were not women.
In posts that have been screenshot and posted to Twitter, Pinkston wrote comments like “Being Transgender does NOT make you a Woman. It makes you simply transgender,” onto Facebook. She made other comments as well, but after the posts started to catch traction (and receive backlash) on social media she wrote “I really do want to take back my Trans comment because if they can say they’re Women i can reclaim my virginity.” According to some on social media, she went further in Instagram Live videos, likening trans women to pedophiles.
“She also contradicted herself by saying ‘it’s science’ and then said it’s her opinion,” someone wrote about the Live, which has not been saved. Since the comments have come to light, and likely because of them, Pinkston was has written to social media that she's been "fired."
As a result of the sacking, Pinkston went on Instagram Live and cried, though what she was saying couldn’t be ascertained as the live was muted. She later uploaded a statement. “I wasn’t ready to come about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth,” she wrote in a note she screenshot and uploaded to Instagram. “I’m Transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my Life as a female ever since. It’s been very hard to keep this secret but what I said about Trans-Women is a direct reflection of my inner securities and I have since come to realize that I am a Woman. WE ALL ARE!” And while oppressive people internalizing their oppression, and becoming confused with their own identities is certainly an issue, quite quickly, friends began to push back on this statement.
Model Aleece Wilson responded directly on the post saying, “It’s terrible and disgusting that you’re lying to thousands of people …. That clout shit is said.” She later went on to say that she’s seen baby photos of Pinkston as well as has seen her completely naked. Other models, including Teddy Quinlivan and Aaron Phillip also spoke out. “Imagine being a model who got exposed for being a raging transphobe/saying estremely transphobic shit in the past and then resorting to LYING ABOUT BEING TRANSGENDER ONLINE FOR CLOUT IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE YOUR CAREER …?” Philip wrote to twitter. “I know this person irl and she is SO CISGENDER??” But Wilson posted a now-removed post to her feed about the situation.
“This is very upsetting to me because I’ve watched the struggles of my friends and family transitioning whether it’s srs, testosterone, hormone blockers and so on,” she said. Some had labeled her as transphobic for not believing Pinkston’s coming out. “That shit is not a joke to me. Whatever sis does is her own business I hope she is honest with y’all and herself.”’
This weekend, Pinkston has put an end to it all. “I apologize for any transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the Trans community,” she wrote in a post. “I panicked and I thought if I came out as Trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse. I’m truly sorry. I’m only 20 and I’m human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me. I hope you all can forgive me and move on from this because I’m so much more than this incident and I’m not a coward.”
She also tried to bolster this with photos of herself and Hunter Schafer on Instagram Stories. “I hate to do this becuase this doesn’t concern her but, me being ‘Transphobic’ is stupid,” she wrote. “I been friends with Unger way before all these comments and now she won’t even talk to me.”
All of the posts have since been deleted.