FANS are outraged after The Good Doctor star Hill Harper misgendered Dwyane Wade's daughter Zaya in a note to her on her 13th birthday.
Gabrielle posted a sweet photo of her and her step-daughter on Friday, along with the note: “Happy Birthday baby!!! I can't believe you are 13!! @zayawade you are such an inspiration and motivation to get my butt up everyday and fight.
“When I'm weary, frustrated, full of rage, I see your face and your joy and you living your best life and I want that for all of us.
The L.A.’s Finest actress added: “I love you sooooo much kid!! Enjoy this day and everyday knowing you are loved, protected, respected, admired and celebrated.”
Fans then slammed Hill for choosing to not “respect” Zaya by misgendering her, and on her birthday to boot.
The 54-year-old actor wrote: “Happy Birthday young man!! Read ‘Letters to a Young Brother’!!! Your mom wrote something in it!! You’ll love it! Have a great day!!”
On top of calling Dwyane’s daughter a “young man,” Hill also used the comment as an opportunity to plug his own book, which is also a self-help book geared toward men.
Outraged social media users called his comment to Zaya “disgusting,” “Blatantly disrespectful” and “full of malice.”
Others couldn’t believe the Good Doctor star “had the nerve to do that under HER comment section,” with one violently suggesting he “needs his fingers cut off so he never again types this kind of bulls***.”
Another wrote simply stated: “Yo. Hill Harper is a b***h for this. What’s really f***ing me up is it feels like he went out of his way to misgender her. TRASH.”
Hill stars as Dr. Marcus Andrews on ABC’s The Good Doctor, which recently aired its season 3 finale, and one fan of the series is asking the show how and “why” they employ someone who “acts like this towards children.”
Meanwhile, Nicholas Gonzalez, whose Good Doctor character Dr. Neil Melendez was recently killed off in the finale, shared a short but sweet note to the birthday girl.
He commented on Gabrielle’s post, along with a heart emoji: “Love this, G. Happiest of Birthdays you Beauty @zayawade!”
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Dwyane had even just used “young lady,” the exact opposite phrase of what Hill used, when opening up earlier this year about his daughter coming out to him and asking to be referred to using female pronouns.
On Good Morning America in February, the former basketball star also recalled her telling him: "'I don't think I'm gay. This is how I identify myself. This is my gender identity. I identify as a young lady. I think I'm a straight trans (girl) because I like boys.’
He added during the interview that “this is her life every day,” and he only wants to love, support and “protect her” and her “heart and joy.”