After sharing controversial views on the trans community, Macy Gray ignited a heated online debate.
The 54-year-old I Try singer appeared on TalkTV Monday evening. There, the conversation turned to transgender people in the media.
Morgan stated that he believed most public figures were too scared to speak “what a woman is, ” to which the singer agreed, saying, “I know!” I would call him a human being with boobs. Let’s start with that. Before adding: “That’s getting confusing.”
Gray said that Gray supported all-trans rights to fairness, equality, and justice for trans people. Gray also mentioned the issue of trans people competing in sports. Gray stated that Gray doesn’t support trans women who are “born to obvious superior bodies, and then transitioning to their sport.”
Gray responded to Morgan by saying: “I completely agree. I will say this, and people will hate me for it, but just because you change your body parts doesn’t make you a woman.
The singer said that even though she would use she/her pronouns, it didn’t make a person a lady.
She continued, “If you want me to call you her’, that’s fine. But that doesn’t make it a woman because I call you a ‘her. And just because you had surgery.
She said, “What women go through in life is an entirely unique experience. Surgery or finding yourself doesn’t change that.” You know, being a little girl. This is an epic book.
Morgan continued to mention the backlash JK rowling has received for comments she made about trans people in the past.
Morgan says to Gray that you can get the same treatment for saying it. Gray responds, “But it’s true.” I don’t believe you should be called transphobic just because you disagree with me.
“People are judged and thrown stones at each other for simply saying what it is.”
Gray’s comments caused a lot of backlash on social media, with many pointing out her views.
One user tweeted, “Watching Macy Gray & Bette Midler add to this transphobic narrative that women are somehow being taken away from women is yet an unsettling example of why we are so sick of fighting the battle.” “We are not the enemies.”
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Another wrote, “I am disappointed in #macygray stating this.” “I expected her to be the most understanding and accepting of her wild, carefree self. But, hey.
India Willoughby wrote, “Sad and depressed. It’s almost impossible for trans people to work in British media. It’s easy to dehumanize a group if they aren’t represented in the office.
Piers Morgan tweeted a comment that Gray added to the interview. Gray replied, “Truth hurts.”
Morgan posted a tweet to support his interviewee after the backlash.
He wrote that Macy Gray was already being hounded, shamed, and labeled ‘transphobic” by the usual vicious, vile mob who attacked women who defended women’s rights. “I stand by you [Macy Gray]; thanks for your courage & honesty.”
Gray was supported by others, who agreed with Gray’s views and said that Gray wasn’t disrespectful for expressing her opinions.
One user commented, “Y’all calling Macy Gray Transphobic is crazy.” She said she didn’t mind calling someone “a woman” (out of respect), but she had her own opinions on what it meant to be a woman. Therefore, she wasn’t rude, just as trans people can have opinions.
Another wrote, “Macy Gray has every right to her opinions. But now she’s being called Transphobic. The knives are out.” “I love how everyone is encouraged and supported to be kind and loving each other, even if they have a different point of view. We are creating a very sad world!
JK Rowling joined the discussion. The Harry Potter author shared a photo of the interaction between India Willoughby and Macy Gray and wrote on Twitter: “Today feels good to make sure I have bought @MacyGraysLife the entire back catalog.”
Yahoo UK was informed by Dr. Jane Hamlin (president of Beaumont Society’s trans support group) that Gray’s “misinformed” comments could be a setback for the ongoing fight for trans rights.
She says Macy Gray has every right to her opinions, but it’s unfortunate that she expresses them hurtfully. She rejects the claim that she is transphobic but fails to realize that declaring that trans men and women are not equal is transphobia.
Gray’s statement that late-life transitions are detrimental to girls is true, but Dr. Hamlin argues it is not Gray’s fault.
Dr. Hamlin says, “It’s been difficult for anyone to transgress before puberty. It is even harder later in life.” “We should have enlightened governments to support trans people and provide accurate information to the general population.
“No one wants to be trans. It is how we were born. It is who we are,” she says. The only option is to tell your friends or keep it secret, risking mental illness or telling them and risking rejection and ridicule.
Dr. Hamlin says that “misinformed comments” such as those made by Piers Morgan and Macy Gray contribute to this perpetuation.
She explains that trans people are ordinary people who want to live their lives. Beaumont Society is an organization that supports trans people. It also raises awareness about the challenges and issues that trans people face.
“We are encouraged by the fact that the Scottish Government introduced a Bill this year to reform the Gender Recognition Act in a similar manner to the ones proposed by the UK Government for 2018. Unfortunately, that bill was dropped by the UK Government.”
Source: metro.co.uk, Yahoo NEWS UK