General Hospital's Ingo Rademacher apologizes for 'transphobic' post

General Hospital's Ingo Rademacher apologizes for 'transphobic' post

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General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher has publicly apologized to his co-star Cassandra James after being slammed over a ‘transphobic’ post he shared online.

Hours after the actor – who plays Jasper ‘Jax’ Jacks on the daytime soap – was blasted online by his transgender co-star and other castmates, the 50-year-old posted an apology video on Instagram.

He stated that retweeted the image to point out the ‘hypocrisy of the Left Wing media,’ but added that he should have crossed out the word ‘dude’ from the original post.

‘I don’t think its okay to call a transgender an empowered woman because where does that leave women?’ he said in a clip on Monday.

In a direct apology to James, the daytime soap star added: ‘Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.’

Later in the video, Rademacher recounted how he and his wife allowed their son to wear a Disney Princess dress when he was three ‘because he wanted to look pretty. I don’t think a transphobic dad would buy his son a Disney princess dress.’

The apology came as the actor, who has been making headlines recently due to his anti-vaccine mandate stance, faced backlash for sharing a screenshot of a tweet on his Instagram account calling Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary for health, a ‘dude’.

The Biden-appointed U.S. assistant secretary for health was recently sworn in as the first transgender four-star officer.

It is currently unclear whether Rademacher’s alleged departure after 26 years on the show came before or after his post about Levine.

Indeed, fans had already been questioning the actor’s future on the soap due to the program’s decision to require vaccine passports from the cast and crew in order to film on set.

Rademacher once again shared his anti-vax mandate stance on Sunday with an Instagram message that read: ‘I will stand with you to fight for medical freedom.

‘If we don’t send a strong message to the Biden Administration to reverse course immediately where do you think this ends guys? With Booster No. 25? Nope. Vaccine passports and more segregation is on its way right now. Wakey Wakey.’

Metro.co.uk has reached out to ABC for comment.

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