While many people have come forward to express their support for Zaya’s (who previously identified as Zion) bold declaration to live in her truth, Thugger joins the vocal minority of those pushing back against Zaya’s revelation that she identifies as a transgender girl.
In a tweet directed toward the teenager, the Atlanta trapster wrote, “All I wanna say to [D.Wade] son is 'GOD DON'T MAKE MISTAKES' but hey live your true self.” The tweet, which was originally published on Wednesday (Feb. 19), has since been deleted. Although, he still has a previous tweet from the day prior up that reads, “You’re god's best Creation.”
Thugger’s inflammatory remark comes just hours after Baton Rouge rapper Boosie was hit with a barrage of backlash across social media for his sentiments about Zaya. The 37-year-old posted a transphobic tirade on his Instagram page admonishing Dwyane’s acceptance of his child’s identity. Similarly, Thugger faced the same treatment online as well.
Amid the criticism, some are wondering why Thugger opted to speak out against Zaya’s decision, given that he has previously voiced that “there’s no such thing as gender” in a 2016 Calvin Klein campaign and spoke up in defense of country trap star Lil Nas X after the 20-year-old disclosed his queer sexuality in 2019. Furthermore, the So Much Fun star has also been repeatedly subjected to scrutiny over his gender-fluid fashion choices throughout his career.
Thus far, Dwyane Wade nor his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, have publicly responded to Thugger and Boosie’s commentary. However, the internet has been swift in expressing their disappointment at Thugger’s hypocritical stance toward Zaya’s decision.
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