Trans advocate Dylan Mulvaney set off a firestorm over the weekend after posting a video featuring an Eloise bit.
The 26-year-old TikTok star has become one of the most prominent and well-known activists thanks to the “Days of Girlhood” series, which documents Mulvaney’s “transition” experience. Mulvaney is known for over-the-top enthusiasm, which critics claim is contrived and offensive to women.
Mulvaney’s newest video shows the influencer dressed in a white button-down shirt, black skirt with black suspenders, white knee socks, and a big pink bow in the style of the popular children’s book character, Eloise. The narration on the TikTok video is in the voice of the child character upon which it is based.
“I’m Eloise. I am six,” the little girl says as Mulvaney lip-syncs along. “I’m a city child. I live at the Plaza Hotel, which is huge and wonderful, and très élégant, especially at Christmastime.” With this, Mulvaney flops onto a bed that has a neon sign above it reading, “Eloise.”
The “Eloise” book series was written by Kay Thompson in the 1950s about a little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her nanny and pets.
Reactions to Mulvaney’s video pointed out how the influencer focuses intently on acting like a little girl.
“Dylan Mulvaney is a 26 year old man. Pretending to be a woman wasn’t enough so now he’s pretending to be a little girl? This isn’t normal. This is mental illness,” conservative pundit CJ Pearson wrote.
Dylan Mulvaney is a 26 year old man.
Pretending to be a woman wasn’t enough so now he’s pretending to be a little girl?
This isn’t normal. This is mental illness. pic.twitter.com/1LA7IbLqyt
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) March 19, 2023
“Ok this is creepy as f***. Dylan Mulvaney sympathizers need to stop,” Cassandra MacDonald, editor-in-chief at Timcast News, agreed.
“Dylan Mulvaney isn’t pretending to be a woman,” another Twitter user shared. “He’s pretending to be a teenaged girl. It’s a fetish. That’s why the reaction to him is so visceral.”
Last week, the activist appeared on “The Drew Barrymore Show” to promote a live production of “Day 365 of Girlhood,” which took place at the Rainbow Room in New York City. Images of Barrymore kneeling in front of Mulvaney during their conversation quickly went viral.
“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 at the time. “Why are women fawning over men who appropriate degrading caricatures of womanhood?”