'Minecraft' Creator Trolls Trans People, Twitter Claps Back

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday March 14, 2019

Swedish video game maker Markus Alexej Persson — who goes by "Notch" on social media platform Twitter — is known for making provocative comments, but his take on transwomen, which he shared in a series of tweets, instantly summoned a deluge of critical responses, Newsweek reported.

Persson's Twitter feed is replete with his views on such matters, but the March 11 tweet — in which Persson was responding to a meme that said "Trans women are women" — sparked a bout of back and forth in which Twitter users attempted to point out that gender is not binary, and for some people anatomy does not correspond with gender identity.

While saying that trans people are deserving of love, Persson compared the trans experience to his sister who, he said, "thought she was fat and got dangerously thin."

In another post, Persson argued that trans people's sense of themselves as other than their binary anatomical gender was a matter of "delusion," and called one person "absolutely evil if you want to encourage delusion."

"There is no love in pretense," Persson added. "There is no you when you appease."

Persson's Twitter comments about trans people did not start on March 11, though. The day before he took to Twitter to complain about "Celebrating body dysphoria. Making it illegal to use the wrong pronouns."


While some who jumped into the threads defended Persson's views, others offered detailed scientific and genetic arguments as to why gender is more than a matter of chromosomes or external genitalia.

From time to time, Persson appeared to concede a little. One Twitter user responded to Persson's story about his sister by self-identifying as trans and saying that being trans is a "hard thing to live with, but it's better to accept the truth of the matter. Being trans I, okay, but don't lie to yourself."

Responded Persson, "I have no idea what it's like of course, but it's inspiring as hell when people open up and choose to actually be who they know themselves as."

"Minecraft" is a hugely successful video game. In 2014 Persson sold his company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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