From 'f**k off' to 'heroes': How woke mob forced Macy Gray to backpedal over 'women' comments
After issuing some harsh remarks on transgender women, Macy Gray has changed her stand publicly. The 54-year-old singer had earlier claimed that “just because you go and change your parts doesn't make you a woman, sorry,” while appearing on ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’, where they discussed FINA's new policy banning trans women who have gone through male puberty from competing in swimming races.
Gray had received severe backlash for those statements, and it now seems she has made a U-turn. On Thursday morning, July 7, Gray appeared on the ‘Today Show’ and said: “I never meant to hurt anybody. I think it takes a lot of courage to be yourself. Anyone who is in the LGBTQ community is a hero.”
She further stated: “I said some things that didn’t go over well but my intention was never to hurt anybody. I feel bad that i did hurt some people and I think it’s about education, conversation and us getting to a place where we understand each other,” noting, “I’ve learned a lot through this. So i think that was one of the reasons that it happened. It was a huge learning experience for me." "You can call yourself whoever you believe you are and nobody can dictate that for you or take that away from you,” Gray went on.
The ‘Beauty in the World’ singer then added: “I’ve learned so much. Being a woman is a vibe and it’s something I’m very proud of and something that it is very precious to me. I think that if you in your heart feel that’s what you are, then that’s what you are regardless of what anybody says or thinks. I’ve learned a lot and I'm glad I did, because now I know.” The comments came in stark contrast with her opinions on Morgan's show, where she had described a woman as "a human being with boobs. How about you start there? And a vagina."
In that appearance, she was reportedly not choosing her words consciously and seemed free. She had told the English broadcaster on Monday night, July 4, “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.”
The ‘On How Life Is’ singer had also stated, “A woman goes through a completely unique experience and surgery and finding yourself doesn't change that. Being a little girl is a whole epic book, you know? You can't have that just because you want to be a woman,” before adding: “I don't think you should be called transphobic just because you don't agree… there is a lot of judgment and throwing stones at people for just saying what it is, do you know what I mean?”
After the interview aired, Gray was attacked online with hate comments. Trans journalist Imara Jones tweeted: “Oh no! [Macy Gray] has gone full transphobic on [Piers Morgan] on 4 July no less! Her selective freedom for some is a 'no' from me. We have so much work to do [to] help everyone see that patriarchy is a universal problem. This is sad.” “SAD NEWS: Macy Gray & Bette Midler have come out as TERFs. Unfollow, un-support, and unsubscribe,” journalist Ernest Ownes added.
Oh no! @MacyGraysLife has gone full transphobic on @piersmorgan on the #July4th no less! Her selective freedom for some is a “no” from me. We have so much work to do help everyone see that patriarchy is a universal problem. This is sad. #TransLash @translashmedia https://t.co/xEiVN2YtU4— Imara Jones (@imarajones) July 4, 2022
SAD NEWS: Macy Gray & Bette Midler have come out as TERFs.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) July 4, 2022
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Then on Tuesday, Gray tweeted, “I got nothing but love for lgbt+ and transgender communities. I've been a supporter since day one and never a fake one. my statement on piers morgan was GROSSLY misunderstood. i respect everyone's right to be whoever they wana be.” The tweet was later deleted.
However, she then stated in reply to a user: “I wasn't defining trans women. Just women. Because I know what it means to be one. I don't know what it means to be a trans woman and I never said I did. But that goes both ways.”
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Her later statements did not help her and in response, she took to Twitter again on Wednesday and wrote, “All of you coming on my page, threatening me and calling me names – just becuz I said something you don’t agree with – be whatever you wana be, and fk off.”