Say Goodbye To Macy Gray — She Outed Herself As A TERF
Editorial Use Only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock (12994273d) Macy Gray 'This Morning' TV Show, London, UK - 21 June 2022
On July 4th, a day celebrating selective freedom in America, it was only fitting that Macy Gray decided to go on well-known bigot Piers Morgan's show Uncensored and reveal himself as a transphobe on national television. After all, trans women in the US are still fighting for their rights and for the freedom that Independence Day deserves for all Americans. In the controversial interview, Gray stated, "Just because you change your parts doesn't make you a woman." Gray's statement is disappointing in a number of ways, particularly because it completely disregards the identity and humanity of all trans women, but also because Gray is a black woman. Black trans women are being murdered at an alarming rate around the world, and we have witnessed the deadliest year for trans people on record. Black women's femininity is constantly being questioned, and Black trans women are dying because of this ignorance. It's frustrating to see the singer engage in the same violent rhetoric that perpetuates gender discrimination and marginalizes all black women — including our trans sisters.
Gray continued that she doesn't think people should be labeled "transphobic" just because they disagree, but it's not just about disagreements. If someone refuses to acknowledge my personality because of my blackness, they would be racist, simple as that. Gray's claim that her comments are a matter of disagreement and not a transphobic attack is just an excuse. She also explained that while she supports transgender rights, she sets boundaries in athletic competitions (and clearly recognizes trans women as women). You can't support someone's rights or claim to believe in their existence if you take away their basic rights - like their right to play on a school sports team. Transgender girls and women are banned from athletic competitions in states across the country.
Gray's behavior as a Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) isn't new (J.K. Rowling - who supported Gray on Twitter - and writer Chimamanda Nzgozi Adichie are other famous examples), but it's even more troubling considering that black cis- Women should support trans women because we are fighting the same fight against the same oppressors. Our respective struggles for rights amid patriarchy are not actually mutually exclusive; They are intertwined, and freedom for black cis women is not possible without freedom for black trans women. In a world where we are constantly fighting patriarchy, we must unite and not spit out divisive narratives that tear us apart.
Our respective struggles for rights amid patriarchy are not actually mutually exclusive; They are intertwined, and freedom for black cis women is not possible without freedom for black trans women.
Gray's comments are just another disappointing addition to the many celebrities who have come out as TERFs. On the same day that Gray's interview went live, actress Bette Midler tweeted against trans-inclusive language while talking about reproductive health, claiming that women are being "robbed of our rights to our bodies, our lives and even our names." s]". It seems like we're losing another favorite to the TERF camp every day, and it just goes to prove that celebrities are never the people to look out for for truly radical and progressive views. Many personalities of the public figures claim to be pro-cause, but it's become clear that celebrity-branded feminism isn't real, nor does it care about all of the people affected by the systems they're said to be fighting.
"I think if you still have issues with women these days, that's weird ... I'm all about — being for ourselves," Gray once said in a 2015 interview with Marie Claire. The call comes from the house because it's time for Gray to reconsider her own issues with women. What's "weird" is that she clearly has a problem with trans women doing nothing but being themselves. Why does Gray feel the need to question another woman's existence separate from her own? What gives her the right to question who qualifies as a woman? Do celebrities know that keeping calm and minding their business is free? On Uncensored, Gray defines a woman as "a person with breasts" and someone who "has a vagina". That's stupid to say; Not all women have breasts, including the cis women that Gray seems to encourage. Are women who have their breasts removed for breast cancer no longer considered women?
Ironically, Gray's testimony is correct on a very important point: whether or not trans women undergo gender reassignment surgery, they are still women. Your parts do not inform your gender, so altering these parts does not affect a person's claim to femininity. Degrading trans women to their “parts” is dehumanizing, and dehumanizing and denying trans women rights is transphobic.
Being a woman is not a job. Trans women don't need qualifications to be women, and they are women, period.
Being a woman is not a job. Trans women don't need qualifications to be women, and they are women, period. While Gray may disagree based on her comments, she is in fact a transphobe, and I, for one, happily say goodbye to any public figure who decides that trans life is up for debate.
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