Macy Gray has reacted to backlash over recent comments viewed as transphobic, saying it was all a big misunderstanding.
The Gram Award-winning musician was widely reported on social media earlier this week after an appearance on TalkTV’s “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”
During Monday evening’s episode, Gray defined “woman” as “a human being with boobs … and a vagina,” and acknowledged that “everybody’s going to hate me” for saying that “just because you go change your [body] parts, doesn’t make you a woman.”
A day later, the 54-year-old chart-topper clarified her previous statement, saying that her words had been misunderstood, and she reaffirmed her love and support for the trans community.
“I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ+ and transgender community and have been a supporter since day one,” Gray said in a statement following the backlash, according to Billboard.
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“My statement on Piers Morgan was grossly misunderstood. I don’t hate anyone. I respect everyone’s right to feel comfortable in their bodies and live their own truth,” she added.
During Monday’s episode, the “I Try” singer had a discussion with the controversial British TV personality about topics that included pronouns, gender identity, as well as the place of transgender women in sports.
Gray defined “woman” as “a human being with boobs … and a vagina,” adding that “the whole he, she, they (pronoun usage) is getting a little confusing.”
And even though she agrees with the 57-year-old broadcaster who said that he “supports all trans rights to fairness and equality,” she also shared his view that trans women should be prohibited from competing against cisgender women in sports.
“I will say this and everybody’s going to hate me, but, as a woman, just because you go change your [body] parts, doesn’t make you a woman. Sorry … I know that for a fact,” she added. “If you want me to call you a ‘her,’ I will, because that’s what you want, but that doesn’t make you a woman just because I call you a ‘her’ and just because you got a surgery.”
Morgan also brought up “Harry Potter” author JK Rowland, who has for long raised eyebrows with her very public comments on transgender issues, pointing out that Gray could also be “attacked” by the “cancel culture mob.”
“Butt [what I’m saying is] the truth!’ Gray answered. “And I don’t think you should be called transphobic just because you don’t agree with, you know … there’s a lot of judgment and throwing stones at people for just saying what it is,” she added.