Singer Macy Gray has apologized and is walking back from the comments she shared with Piers Morgan regarding trans women on Monday (July 4), during an interview with the controversial Brit.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the 54-year-old singer told the long-running series on Tuesday (July 5), “I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ+ and transgender community and have been a supporter since day one. 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."
Gray provoked the ire of the LGBTQ+ community and its supporters after her appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored. The conversation began after the “I Try” songstress opined about superiority, slavery and the changes that needed to be made with respect to laws to accommodate the current racial climate. As she finished making her statement, Gray used “women” as an example.
Morgan responded by explaining that “public figures were in an era now, that they are too terrified to say what a woman is.”
Gray agreed, and the host asked her to define what a woman was.
"I will say this, and everyone’s gonna hate me, but as a woman, just because you go change your parts, doesn’t make you a woman. Sorry."
Morgan asked if she believed that to be true, to which she responded, "I know that for a fact."
"I’d say a human being with boobs. You have to start there. And a vagina,” she shared when Morgan pressed her about the definition of a woman. "Like if you want me to call you a ‘her,’ I will, ‘cause that’s what you want, but that doesn’t make you a woman just ‘cause I call you a ‘her’ and just because you got a surgery.”
"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,” Gray said in response to the backlash of reportedly having a difference of opinion about trans women.
Gray’s opinion didn’t go over well on social media.
Some fans supported her for speaking her truth.
After apologizing, Gray, who wasn’t going to be shaken or stirred, had a message for those leaving hate messages for her. She took to Instagram to deliver the word.