White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, on a visit to the North Carolina State House, was mistakenly barred from using a men’s room on suspicion of being transgendered.
As Spicer was heading into the men’s room, a security guard accosted him: “Excuse me, are you the White House press secretary?” When Spicer answered yes, the guard said, “Then I’m sorry, ma’am, but I’ll have to ask you to use the ladies’ room.”
The guard said afterwards that he was merely trying to enforce North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2), which requires individuals to use only restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. Fortunately for all concerned, the incident was resolved without Spicer having to show proof of gender.
“It was an honest mistake,” the guard said. “I mean, on TV the other day, I saw a woman in a suit giving a White House press briefing. What was I supposed to think?” When informed that the broadcast in question was actually a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Melissa McCarthy as Spicer, the guard shrugged and said, “Hey, real news, fake news, who can tell the difference these days?”
A fuming Spicer grudgingly accepted the guard’s apology, but was later heard to remark, “I’m never coming to North Carolina again. And if I do, I’m holding it in until I can get to the nearest Target.”