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By Jon Sutz

UPDATE April 27, 2022: Twitter imposed a “Sensitive Content” warning label atop a satirical Babylon Bee video, posted by an unaffiliated user, that mocks its employees’ sensitivity; details here.


The Babylon Bee is a conservative satire website.  Read the “About Us” page here, and learn more about the Bee’s success here.

Twitter recently blocked The Babylon Bee, due to a Tweet that it claimed is a violation of its policies: “misgendering” a public servant who was born and remains a biological male, but who identifies as a female.

(1) Background

(2) March 15, 2022: The Babylon Bee posted a Tweet naming Dr. Rachel Levine its “Man Of The Year”

(3) March 20, 2022: Twitter notified the Bee that (a) Its Tweet regarding Levine violated its policies, and (b) Its account would be blocked until it deleted this Tweet

(4) March 20, 2022: Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon announced it will not delete the Tweet

(5) Sources

(6) Additional notes about Dr. Levine



(1) Background

At right: Richard Levine, MD; At left: how Dr. Levine began presenting after 2011.

Rachel Levine, MD, was born a man, whom his parents named Richard, and he lived and presented himself as a heterosexual male until 2011. In 1988, during his last year of medical school, Levine married a biological female, Martha Peaslee Levine. With Levine he fathered two children, David and Dayna.

Sometime in the early 2000s, Levine later publicly described having “a midlife crisis”:

…and began seeing a therapist and attended meetings at TransCentralPA. “What is comes down to is I decided to live my life with no secrets … with no fear.” […] “All I knew is I wanted to be a girl, or I was a girl, or female,” she said while describing her feeling as a child.

and physically a man, who identifies and presents as a woman.


(2) March 15, 2022: The Babylon Bee posted a Tweet naming Dr. Rachel Levine its “Man Of The Year”

The Tweet led to this story:

The Babylon Bee’s Man Of The Year Is Rachel Levine – The Babylon Bee, March 15th, 2022. Excerpt:

Rachel’s original name is Richard Levine, but he changed it to Rachel for some strange reason a few years ago. Who cares? Who says a dude as accomplished as this can’t be named “Rachel?” This king doesn’t care what people think about him! He often wears a dress, which some people think is weird—but he doesn’t care one bit. Come on! Men in India wear dress-type garments, don’t they?

Rachel’s message is to “be true to yourself,” and we couldn’t agree more. This man is breaking barriers and showing us all the true meaning of courage.


(3) March 20, 2022: Twitter notified the Bee that (a) Its Tweet regarding Levine violated its policies, and (b) Its account would be blocked until it deleted this Tweet

As reported by the NY Post:

Twitter locked the account of a right-leaning parody site, The Babylon Bee, after it awarded Rachel Levine, the transgender Biden administration official, the title of “man of the year.”

The Babylon Bee story was a reaction to USA Today’s naming of Levine, who is US assistant secretary for health for the US Department of Health and Human Services, as one of its “women of the year” last week.

Twitter says it will restore the account, which has more than 1.3 million followers, if the Bee deletes the tweet, but CEO Seth Dillon says he has no intention of doing so.

Twitter suspended the account after it said the Bee violated its "hateful conduct" policy.


(4) March 20, 2022: Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon announced it will not delete the Tweet


(5) Sources

Babylon Bee refuses to delete tweet mocking Rachel Levine despite being blocked from Twitter – Daily Mail Online, March 21, 2022.

Twitter suspends Babylon Bee over Rachel Levine ‘Man of the Year’ title – NY Post, March 21, 2022.

Who is Dr Rachel Levine’s ex-wife Martha Levine? The Sun, January 19 2021.


(6) Additional notes about Dr. Levine

Dr. Levin said in a public speech in 2017 that “there is there is no medical treatment” for per-pubescent children that feel they were born into the wrong bodies.

From PolitiFact: Rachel Levine does not support gender confirmation surgery for all children – PolitiFact, February 26, 2021:

“During her lecture at Franklin & Marshall, Levine described the standards of care for transgender patients laid out by professional organizations such as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Current U.S. health guidelines do not recommend surgical treatment for minors.

“At one point of the lecture, Levine explicitly notes that the guidelines do not recommend any form of medical treatment for children prior to puberty. “For prepubertal children (with gender dysphoria) there is no medical treatment,” she says. “The idea would be to see a counselor or therapist who is supportive and has knowledge about these issues, to work with the parents.”