Amidst reports that Ingo Rademacher (Jax) is no longer a member of the GENERAL HOSPITAL cast, the actor also came under fire for an Instagram Story where he reposted a transphobic tweet from a conservative podcaster calling Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary for health and first transgender four-star officer, a “dude.” That particular post is no longer part of his Stories but the damage has been done as numerous GH cast members spoke out on social media to decry transphobia and support transgender castmate Cassandra James (Terry). In the hopes of getting ahead of things, Rademacher shot a quick video in his car to share on Instagram.
“I’m gonna address this real quick before it gets out of hand,” he said before adding, “Of course, it already has. The left always like to run with ‘Ingo Rademacher’s transphobic!’ Instead of pointing out the fact that it was a comparison. While it’s not okay to call a black woman a white supremacist, I don’t think either that it’s okay to call a transgender an empowered woman. Because where does that leave women?”
The actor went on to offer up an apology for those he offended. “I do apologize for not crossing out ‘dude’ and putting ‘transgender,’” he admitted. “Because me, personally, I wouldn’t have written it that way. That was somebody else’s post. Again, that’s not an excuse. I should’ve crossed it out. But the comparison there is just pointing out the hypocrisy of the left-wing media. I just don’t agree with it.
“Because I would never refer to a transgender person as a dude,” Rademacher added. “If they want to be called a she, that’s totally fine. Cassandra, I apologize to you as well, sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent. And you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. So again, I apologize and I’m sorry but you and I are going to disagree on a few things. And I’m okay with that.”
He then goes on to address his status at GH sharing that he’ll speak out on that when he has more time. “I will get back in touch with everybody and fill you guys in on what’s happening when I can,” he promised.”
Rademacher then wrapped up his video with a quick story about how when his son, Pohaku, was three, he wanted a Disney princess dress. “My wife and I explained that, you know, girls wear dresses,” he said. “He didn’t care. He wore that princess dress, high heels, tiara, a wand… walked all over the property, so proud. Because he wanted to look pretty. I don’t think a transphobic dad would buy his son a Disney princess dress.
“So there you have it,” he concluded. “I am an open book. I am open to discussion and debate about everything and anything and I think that we should always be open to that because this is a democracy. Everything else is not.”