A clip of the moment started circulating on Twitter, with users expressing their reactions. Mulvaney was on the show to discuss the popular TikTok series “Days of Girlhood,” which documents the influencer’s “transition process.”
Barrymore kneeled in front of Mulvaney’s chair while the influencer discussed being disliked and trying to “combat the hate.”
Drew Barrymore gets down on her knees to bond with Dylan Mulvaney.. man what am I looking at? pic.twitter.com/utxoEn2EiA
— Mairead Elordi (@JohnsonHildy) March 14, 2023
“Drew Barrymore getting on her knees to worship at the feet of Dylan Mulvaney might be one of [the] more disturbing moments of recent TV,” one Twitter user wrote. “Why are women fawning over men who appropriate degrading caricatures of womanhood?”
“Oh goodness, Drew Barrymore, you know better than this—you’ve had children. You know that being a woman is more than a mask you wear. It’s not just glitter eyeshadow and pretty dresses—it’s baby puke and 2 AM feedings and smelly husbands. Dylan Mulvaney is wearing #WomanFace,” a second person said.
“Wow … Drew Barrymore is on her knees bowing before a man. How feminist of her,” another comment echoed.
“This is pure CRINGE. I can’t believe Drew Barrymore is just enabling this mentally ill weirdo,” a fourth person wrote.
Barrymore described herself as a “huge fan” of Mulvaney on “The Drew Barrymore Show.” Mulvaney was there to promote a live stream called “Day 365 Live,” broadcast from the Rainbow Room in New York City on March 13. The event was to celebrate the one-year anniversary of “Days of Girlhood.”
“I think there’s also a way to be taught and educated, to open minds,” Barrymore told Mulvaney during the segment. “And there are those that can, and I think you have that gift.”
Later, Mulvaney recalled meeting a trans-identifying person in line for the women’s restroom at a Broadway show. The activist said the fan described watching the “Days of Girlhood” series and said it was instructive for the whole family.
“I think that trans and queer youth are some of the strongest humans alive,” Mulvaney told Barrymore. “The fact that they are pushing through to be themselves. But I think the parents are just as important. So I got to thank that mom, just for supporting their child and loving their child … Isn’t that a parent’s greatest hope?”
Barrymore replied, “We don’t know what to do all the time … but the more we can be given the tools, and taught, and storytelling, the better parents we’ll be.”