The Grammy-winning “I Try” singer-songwriter also stated on Piers Morgan Uncensored that she is against trans women participating in women’s sports.
Singer-songwriter Macy Gray, who won a Grammy for her song “I Try,” has come under fire for comments she made towards the trans community.
The 54-year-old musician spoke on the “confusing” nature of gender identity in an interview with Piers Morgan Uncensored’s host on Monday night, notably bringing up “the entire he, she, they” pronoun usage. She acknowledged that she supported trans rights for “fairness and equality,” but she also agreed with Morgan that trans women should not be allowed to compete in sports against cis women since they were “born to obviously better physical bodies.”
“I totally agree,” she said. “I will say this and everybody’s going to hate me, but, as a woman, just because you go change your parts, doesn’t make you a woman. Sorry.”
She continued: “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.”
Gray said her views stemmed from personal experience with gender and the “completely unique experience” of growing up as a young woman, which she feels must be lived in order to attain womanhood.
“Surgery or finding yourself doesn’t change that. Being a little girl is a whole epic book, you know? And you can’t have that just because you want to be a woman,” she told Morgan, later saying that she “doesn’t think you should be labeled transphobic just because you don’t agree.”
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The morning after the interview, Morgan tweeted in defense of Gray.
“If there’s one thing worse than the vicious trans activist mob coming for women who defend women, it’s virtue-signalling men like this fuelling the pile-on. Repulsive,” he wrote after sharing a post from Hacks and Pose actor John Sibilly that labeled Gray’s words as transphobic.
In a recent interview with EW, five trans queens who competed among the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 spoke about the rise of anti-trans rhetoric when it comes to issues like equality in sports, society, and politics.
“There are a lot of places at stake right now more than ever, where they’re trying to do little things that no one notices if you’re not paying attention in the polls, if you’re not paying attention in legislation,” Kerri Colby said in the interview, which took place in June amid the controversial rise of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law and Texas officials’ recently suggested law that could ban children from attending family-friendly drag events. “You should not feel like walking out of your house and living is a privilege, and that you’re lucky to get home without potentially being followed or being attacked…. I’m glad that we’re able to use our platforms to not only bring awareness, but to kind of rile people up.”