UFC veteran Jake Shields has taken to X to give his opinion about the NFL’s first transgender cheerleader Justine Lindsay. Shields, who is famed for posting his controversial opinions, has done the same this time as well.
The former fighter posted a picture with a headline that said, “First trans NFL cheerleader hopes to influence youth: ‘I’m setting things up for the younger generation.'”
Shields captioned this image: “Just when you think things can’t get any dumber.”
Just when you think things can’t get any dumber pic.twitter.com/ZYXE6WwdtE
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) September 23, 2023
This is far from the first time he has opined about transgender people. Earlier in July, when Rikkie Valerie Kolle became the first transgender model to win the title of Miss Netherlands, he wrote, “The trans ideology is meant to embarrass and demoralize women
They want you to accept that an ugly man is better looking and more important then the most beautiful women.”
In an X post, he also addressed being called ‘anti-trans’. He wrote, “There are multiple news articles calling me anti trans for believing men should not breastfeed.
If this makes me transphobic than I’m probably transphobic.”
There are multiple news articles calling me anti trans for believing men should not breastfeed
If this makes me transphobic than I’m probably transphobic pic.twitter.com/SxyMbdcy51
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) July 6, 2023
44-year-old Shields is famous for speaking about what he believes in. However, he has often crossed the line and had to delete some of his tweets where he did so.
NFL’s first transgender cheerleader hopes to open doors for her community
In an interview with Elle Magazine recently, Lindsay insisted that she wanted to change the narrative for her community. According to Daily Mail, she said, “I want to change the narrative for my trans sisters and brothers, just to [let them] know that if you have a goal, go for it.
“Turn that dream into a reality. Be an NFL cheerleader, or a doctor or a nurse, or whatever you set your mind to.”
She insisted that her part as a cheerleader in the NFL was much bigger than it seemed. She hoped for it to open doors for other members of the trans community.
“Everything that I’m going through now, it’s bigger than me. I’m setting things up for the younger generation.” Lindsay added. “No one is going to stop this show.”
Justine Lindsay, the NFL’s first cheerleader to identity as transgender, wants to influence the next generation and compared becoming a member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleading squad to other accomplishments like becoming a doctor or nurse.
— Wisdom (@JJr18576490) September 22, 2023
Lindsay was selected to be the cheerleader for the NFL team Carolina Panthers in 2022. She faced support and criticism throughout her journey. At the time, she said, “I’m happy because I was able to break down that door and tell people, “Hey, we are not just sexual beings. We are actual human beings who want to better ourselves.” I felt like, Why not tell the world: “Hey, listen, this is a great accomplishment.”
31-year-old Lindsay, who is a North Carolina native, has entered her second year as an NFL cheerleader.