Jamie Lee Curtis is concerned for her trans daughter in today’s world where her daughter might face criticism, hatred, and discrimination. Ruby, 26, the younger child of Curtis and her husband, Christopher Guest, came out as transgender to her parents in 2020. Curtis spoke publicly about Ruby being transgender, with her daughter’s permission, the following year.
During a preview for the new film Halloween Ends, Jamie Lee Curtis explained how frightened she is for her daughter and that she is sensitive to the threats her daughter faces regularly. As much as trans-phobia is becoming less common as we are becoming more aware and responsible, we all can agree how still many people don’t treat transgenders fairly, and this fact is worrying Curtis a lot lately.
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Jamie Lee Curtis’s transgender daughter receives death threats
The 63 years old Hollywood actress’s adopted child, Ruby, came out as transgender a few years before and since then, Ruby has been receiving all sorts of threats and insults. “There are threats against her life, just for existing as a human being. There are people who want to annihilate her and people like her,” she said while attending the preview for her upcoming movie Halloween Ends.
She continues to explain how worried she is for her daughter and people like her. And she added what, for her, this conflict means: “It’s as if we haven’t learnt from fascism, as if we haven’t learnt what the result of that is. The extermination of human beings. That’s terrifying.”
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Jamie Lee Curtis on Ruby’s Journey Coming Out as Trans
Last year, when Ruby sat down with her mother Jamie Lee Curtis, and her father, comedy director Christopher Guest, she wanted to come out as transgender in front of them, but then she hesitated and left, leaving texts to her mother. Jamie Lee recollects the memory, “I called her immediately. Needless to say, there were some tears involved.” That was when Ruby opened a whole new world for herself, backed up by her loving parents.
And Jamie Lee, 63 — still with a few tears — remains ready to listen.
“It’s speaking a new language,” she says. “It’s learning new terminology and words. I am new at it. I am not someone who is pretending to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it, I’m going to make mistakes. I would like to try to avoid making big mistakes.”
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How using your voice can help fight hate: Jamie Lee Curtis explains
Hatred has consumed the whole world, it is everywhere. But some ways can control or stop this hatred. Curtis tries to explain how one of the barriers that can be used to stop hate from advancing is to try to use your voice and think about things so that you can “fight” against it. She continues,
“In some ways, I think the real monster is this technological ability that we have right now to promote violence and hatred towards others, which is what we do daily on social networks and transfer it to our lives. It’s like a virus, like a pandemic and Michael Myers is just a symptom of it all.”
Jamie Lee Curtis used an analogy with Halloween and Michael Myers’ role in the whole thing, as her new movie Halloween Ends is coming soon.