“I Was Used” Retired Navy SEAL Says CNN Exploited Him for Transgender Propaganda


A former U.S. Navy SEAL who was touted as a hero of the transgender movement now says that he was exploited by CNN for the sake of creating propaganda and was taken advantage of to promote a certain narrative.

Now, Chris Beck, who has since detransitioned from his identity as Kristin Beck, is warning how the ideology he was used to support is harming people, particularly children.

“They used me so well. I just wanna say I’m sorry. I didn’t know what I was doing, and the women out there and all these kids, I’m sorry,” Buck said in an emotional interview with political commentator Robby Starbuck last week.

“If they could forgive me not knowing anything — and the experts that knew definitely used that,” he also said.

Beck rose to fame on the national stage after coming out as transgender in a 2013 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The network would go on to produce a film about his experience, “Lady Valor,” in 2014.

He also co-authored a book with psychologist Anne Speckhard, “Warrior Princess,” a figure he now says leveraged his story for the sake of her own personal gain.

Beck told Starbuck that he was told he was transgender and encouraged to transition after just an hour-long meeting at the Veteran’s Association, where he was given cross-sex hormones and began to identify as a woman.

“I had so much going wrong in my system when I started taking those,” he explained. “Some of that was paid for by the VA, and I’m sorry to the American people that I did that.”

Speckhard, he says, told him that she hoped their book project would make her wealthy. He explained that he’d even begun to have second thoughts about its publication and tried to stop it from moving forward, but he was ignored, and didn’t hear the book had hit shelves until receiving a call from a friend.

This was when he was sent over to CNN, who brought national attention to his story and turned him into an LGBT icon.

“Everything you see on CNN with my face, do not even believe a word of it,” he said. “I take full responsibility. I went on CNN and everything else, and that’s why I’m here right now, I’m trying to correct that.”

“I think that, yeah, I was used … I was very naive, I was in a really bad way, and I got taken advantage of. I got propagandized,” he explained. “I got used badly by a lot of people who had knowledge way beyond me. They knew what they were doing. I didn’t.”

“But I take responsibility for that and that’s why I’m here now,” he also said, explaining that he is speaking out now in the hopes of preventing others, particularly children, from being hurt. “I don’t want this to continue, and I don’t want these kids to get hurt.”

“I know God will forgive me,” Beck added. “You don’t understand how bad this is. It’s the destruction of family, it’s killing these kids … I’m gonna live with this my whole life. I destroyed my life ten years ago.”

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