Drew Barrymore has divided viewers by kneeling in front of controversial transgender star Dylan Mulvaney during an exchange about online trolling.
Barrymore appeared to bow down in front of Mulvaney, a prominent TikTok personality who recently met President Joe Biden in the White House, during a segment on The Drew Barrymore Show.
But the gesture has raised eyebrows on social media, with many pointing out she was on her knees for a star who has been accused of trivializing womanhood with her infantilized online persona.
Mulvaney often refers to herself as a ‘girl’ rather than a woman, has called herself a ‘bimbo’ frequently and once likened herself to a Barbie doll.
The two women were engaged in a conversation about online hate when Mulvaney said to Barrymore: ‘It’s interesting because I look at someone like you and I cannot imagine anybody disliking you.’
Drew Barrymore has divided viewers after appearing to kneel before transgender star Dylan Mulvaney
The pair share an embrace discussing online trolls during a segment on Barrymore’s titular show
Barrymore responded by getting onto her knees as she said: ‘Oh please, do you want to know ironically who dislikes me the most sometimes? Myself.’
Mulvaney then joined her on the floor and the two embraced.
Barrymore later compared the online trolls terrorizing Mulvaney to her own experiences of receiving negative movie reviews as a child star.
Many people took to Twitter to complain about the bizarre gesture, with one viewer accusing Barrymore of ‘fawning’ over her guest.
Another said: ‘Drew Barrymore has been an embarrassment for years. Now she’s kneeling to the man that is making a mockery of the entire female gender. Incredible.’
Oli London, who has documented his own gender identity struggles in his book Detransition, said: ‘Drew Barrymore gets down on her knees to embrace Dylan Mulvaney after Dylan peddled a sob story about how hard it is being a woman!’
Twitter user Ginette Hardwick said: ‘Drew Barrymore kneels before the atrocious Dylan Mulvaney who caricatures “girlhood”. It’s not real, Drew, none of it. Please, stop being a handmaiden.’
However, other viewers pointed out Barrymore often kneels before her guests during particularly emotional interviews.
Pictures shared online show the former child star kneeling before a litany of stars including Kate Hudson and Hillary Clinton.
‘Anytime I see a clip of the Drew Barrymore show she’s ALWAYS either kneeling in front of or sitting on top of another woman,’ wrote one viewer.
Mulvaney has frequently come under fire for appearing to overly sexualize and infantilize women with her series ‘Days of Girlhood’
Mulvaney documented her traveling to the White House, including her decision to wear an outfit featuring the colors of the transgender flag
Another shared several shots of the host bowing down during interviews as she wrote: ‘She frequently kneels and sits on the floor with guests.
‘It’s something she does when interviewing them. Here are just a few examples.’
Much of the outrage stemmed from Mulvaney’s controversial TikTok videos which have previously come under fire for over-sexualizing and infantilizing womanhood.
Mulvaney was an actor and comedian living in Los Angeles prior to her transition.
She joined TikTok in 2020 following a stint playing Elder White in the Book of Mormon on Broadway.
Last year she began her transitioning journey which won her 10.8 million followers on TikTok.
She became such a prominent name in the transgender community she met with President Joe Biden to discuss gender-affirming care in the US back in October.
She documented the event on TikTok, explaining that she had deliberately worn the colors of the transgender flag for the event.
At the time she described the meeting as productive, adding: ‘I left with a lot of hope and optimism, not only for just trans people, but many different topics,’ she said.
She also revealed Biden had watched her online series.
Mulvaney started her transition in March last year. Some have labelled her online persona – which appears to caricaturize women – ‘insulting’
The star is pictured at her event ‘Day 365 Live!’ held in New York on March 13 this year
Critics have previously labelled her online persona – which appears to caricaturize women – ‘insulting.’
Responding to the criticism in one clip uploaded last summer she said: ‘I would consider myself right now, hyper feminine.
‘Like, I feel like a bimbo. I feel like a Barbie doll sometimes and I think right now that’s what I need to do for my inner child because I never got to wear the pretty dresses.
‘I never got to put on the makeup. And so now, it’s almost as if I’m like, reliving my younger self.’
She has enjoyed a string of high-profile partnerships with make-up brands such as Ulta Beauty, CeraVe and Haus Labs.
And she has even been sent free samples by tampon brand Tampax.
Many social media users pointed out that Barrymore often kneels in front of her guests. Pictured on her knees in front of Hillary Clinton
She has also kneeled down in front of her friend and former co-star Kate Hudson
‘Anytime I see a clip of the Drew Barrymore show she’s ALWAYS either kneeling in front of or sitting on top of another woman,’ wrote one viewer. She is pictured with Queen Latifah during a recent episode
But she added: ‘Normalize the bulge. We are normalizing the bulge. Women have bulges and that’s okay.’
Last year she was criticized for a video in which she advocated the normalization of ‘women having bulges’ – referring to the fact that she is still awaiting ‘bottom surgery’
Mulvaney explained how she often wore looser clothing to avoid being embarrassed of the ‘bulge’ in her crotch.
The video attracted the ire of fellow transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner who said: ‘Let’s not normalize any of what this person is doing. This is absurdity!’