This Woman Who Assaulted Transgender Woman On Subway “Meant What She Said”

Last night, in an exclusive interview with PIX11the woman who was filmed attacking a transgendered woman on a New York City subway train admitted that she “meant what she said.” The initial video of the attack was posted by the victim, transgender woman Pearl Love on May 2nd. The video has since gotten over 300,000 views and now the assailant, Sarah Eldridge, is speaking out.

Overall, Eldridge’s comments are a plea for sympathy. She claims to be the victim now, since she has been receiving constant harassment since the initial video of the attack was posted. Here’s the coverage of the initial incident.

As a subway rider myself, I wonder what I would have done in this situation. This woman was beyond aggressive and I wonder if I would have put myself in danger to defend the victim. Many people claim that they would, but it’s impossible to determine such a thing.

Fellow passengers may not have stepped up at the time, but many people have made it a point to stick up for Love on social media. Even Hilary Clinton, took to Facebook:

“Pearl, I’m so sorry that you experienced this. The all-too-high prevalence of violence and hatred faced by the transgender community—today, in 2016!—is a rebuke to all of us…Every single person deserves to be safe and live free from discrimination and cruelty, period. And transgender people need to hear from every one of us that you are loved, respected, and deserving of equality under the law. Know that you have my support, and I’m on your side.”

In the latest interview with PIX11′s Ayana HarryElderidge insists that we “Don’t judge her, unless you know her.”

While I understand that getting all of this negative attention and even death threats must be a scary thing to experience, her inability to sympathize with Love is baffling and unacceptable. Being in a bad mood because of an earlier happenstance is no excuse to belittle and abuse someone different from you.

I swear I got chills when Elderidge went on to say:

“That person was to me, explicit….I guess I’m not ready.”

Sure, this woman is in no way worthy of praise, but by being honest and admitting that she has a long way to go in terms of acceptance, we can go from there.

PIX11 reported that Elderidge is currently in therapy, working up the strength to apologize to Pearl Love and actually mean it. I prefer this to a half-assed “I’m sorry” for sure.