Former UFC fighter, Strikeforce champion, and Nate Diaz’s teammate Jake Shields has stoked yet another controversy. The former fighter has now targeted Canadian actor, producer, and trans-right activist Elliot Page.
Shields’ tweeted a snapshot of Elliot, quoting, “Does this look like the face of Joy to you?”
Does this look like the face of Joy to you? pic.twitter.com/buzSKQdpeo
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) May 24, 2023
Jake’s tweet has been the subject of mixed responses. One user commented, “This will be the picture used when it “accidentally falls off of a roof.”
This will be the picture used when it “accidentally falls off of a roof.”
— Muh Unity (@mikerson_mike) May 24, 2023
Another user replied to Jake’s tweet saying, “looks like a victim to me.”
looks like a victim to me.
— ENOCH (@IamMoederz955) May 24, 2023
One of the users opined that it is a “shame” for Elliot and that “she” used to look “adorable”.
She was adorable. It’s a shame
— Johntoshi Lockemoto (@s3cp256k1) May 24, 2023
While many people expressed their support for Jake’s tweet, some called him out for his transphobic comments.
A Twitter user reprimanded Jake saying, “He always looked sadder to me as a woman. He does look more self-assured now. After living in silent torment for years you want him to look like… what? What does male joy even look like? You scowl in every photo, Jake. Are you joyless?”
He always looked sadder to me as a woman. He does look more self-assured now. After living in silent torment for years you want him to look like… what?
What does male joy even look like? You scowl in every photo, Jake. Are you joyless?
— Jess 𝓭𝓸 𝓲𝓽 (@jess_do_it_x) May 24, 2023
Jake Shields has a history of raking up controversy on Twitter. In a previous incident, the UFC veteran challenged ten toughest transmen to a fight saying he would fight them “with no training and no rest in between rounds.”
Since trans men are real men I would like to challenge the 10 toughest trans men in the world to a fight
I fight them with no training camp and no rest between each fight
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) April 20, 2023
Apart from displaying a transphobic attitude, Shields has also shamed people for their looks. Jake targeted internet sensation Karah Katenkamp, tweeting “This bitch needs a gym membership, not a bikini”.
This bitch needs a gym membership, not a bikini pic.twitter.com/2uKfDyzLI6
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) April 12, 2023
Jake likewise fat-shamed American rapper, singer, and actress, Melissa Viviane Jefferson, popularly known as “Lizzo”.
If you don’t think Lizzo is beautiful your fatphobic pic.twitter.com/glht9uX24v
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) April 11, 2023
Both tweets left many people outraged. When confronted, Jake expressed no regret and denied to apologise saying, “We need to normalize fat shaming, not body positivity.”
We need to normalize fat shaming not body positivity
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) April 13, 2023
From the above-mentioned tweets, it is quite evident that Jake is not afraid to tackle the issues head-on. However, it is unclear whether Jake truly believes his words or he is just trying to rile the fans up and get a reaction out of them. Regardless, Shields always manages to keep his name in the headlines with his antics.
Who is Elliot Page?
Elliot Page is a Canadian actor, producer, and Transgender Activist. Elliot started their career as a child actor. Their first role was in CBC’s TV program Pit Pony. The actor continued working in the TV industry, featuring in “Trailer Park Boys,” “Rideau Hall,” “Going for Broke,” and “Ghost Cat & Regenesis.”
Elliot made their big screen debut in 2005, starring as Hayley Stark in the movie Hard Candy. The film accomplished well from both commercial and critical perspectives. Critics and fans heaped praises on Elliot for their portrayal of Hayley Stark.
The actor was cast as Juno MacGuff in the 2007 superhit film “Juno.” The role launched them into global recognition.
For the portrayal of Juno, they were nominated for Academy Awards (Best Actress), BAFTA Award for best actress in a leading role, and the Golden Globes. Elliot also earned critical praise for portraying “Adriane” in Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending science fiction “Inception.”
Elliott has since worked in several TV shows and movies, which have garnered both critical appraisal and commercial success. These include the 2017 Netflix miniseries’ “The Umbrella Academy” & “Tales of the City” & the science fiction thriller “Flatliners”.
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
In 2020, they came out as a proud “transman” and released their new name “Elliot.” Several celebrities, politicians, and social media personalities including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed their support for Elliot’s decision.