Macy Gray and Bette Midler have faced blowback for comments deemed transphobic

Macy Gray and Better Midler have been accused of being transphobic.

Gray, best known for her 1999 hit “I Try,” appeared to anticipate the backlash during an appearance Monday on Fox Nation’s Piers Morgan Uncensored.

“I’m going to say this and everyone is going to hate me, but as a woman just because you switch roles doesn’t mean you’re a woman, I’m sorry,” Gray said after Morgan raised the question. issue of trans athletes in sports would have.
“Okay, do you feel that way?” Morgan replied.

“I know that for a fact,” Gray replied.
“Being a little girl is quite an epic book, you know? And you can’t have that just because you want to be a woman,” she told Morgan, later adding, “I don’t think you should be called transphobic just because you’re not. disagree.”

Midler sparked similar controversy when she tweeted on Monday, “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights to our bodies, our lives and even our names!

“They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘people from birth’ or ‘menstruating’ and even ‘people with vaginas’!” she tweeted. “Don’t get discouraged! Every person on earth owes you one!

Both comments were not well received.
“What about the ‘femininity’ that TERFs (a term defined as a feminist who excludes transgender women’s rights from her advocacy of women’s rights) such as Macy Gray and Bette Midler cling to so desperately ?” tweeted author Arielle Tschinkel. “The existence of trans women doesn’t make me less of a woman, however different our experiences are. Honestly, at its core, it’s just ridiculous.”