Bette Midler as well as Macy Gray face a backlash.
On Tuesday (July 5), the 76-year-old actress and 54-year-old “I Try” singer sparked controversy after a series of comments that some criticized for being transphobic.
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Bette denounced social media use of terms such as “parousers” or “menstruators”, suggesting they contribute to the erasure of cisgender women.
“WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights to our bodies, our lives, and even our name!” she wrote. “They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us “children” or “menstruators” and even “people with a vagina”! Don’t let them erase you! Every person on earth is indebted to you!”
A number of people objected to First Wives Club the star’s comments, which were seen as an attack on trans-inclusive language. “No one is trying to erase women with inclusive language about people in need of an abortion,” the author. Roxanne Gay answered. “No one calls you anything you prefer. You must be kind in return.
Crystal from RuPaul’s Drag Race, UK added: “The fight for women’s rights INCLUDES transgender people – transgender rights do not undermine women’s rights. We are all fighting this together, and this rhetoric against exceptions does NOTHING help. Bette Midler woman. Some other people who give birth are not women. Everything is fine!”
Macy also faced criticism after appearing on Piers Morgan uncensored on Monday.
“I will say this and everyone will hate me, but as a woman, just because you change your body parts does not make you a woman. Sorry,” she said, noting that she supports the decision to choose their own pronouns, but the label doesn’t make them part of the gender they identify with.
“If you want me to call you her, I will because you want me to, but that doesn’t make you a woman just because I call you her and just because you had surgery,” she said, adding: “The operation or the search for oneself does not change anything. Being a little girl is an entire epic book, you know? And you can’t have that just because you want to be a woman.”
Macy also seemed to expect her comments to cause a backlash, saying Pier that she “doesn’t think you should be called transphobic just because you don’t agree.”
Writer Ariel Chinkel wrote back: “What is it about ‘femininity’ that TERF [a term defined as a feminist who excludes the rights of transgender women from their advocacy of women’s rights] how [Macy] as well as [Bette] so desperately clinging? The existence of trans women does not make me less of a woman, no matter how different our experiences may be. [It’s] It’s just ridiculous at its core, to be honest.”
You can read more reactions on Bette as well as Macycomments below.
Another star recently came under fire for making fun of transgender people in a new comedy.
No one is trying to erase women with inclusive language about people in need of an abortion. No one calls you anything you prefer. You must be kind in return.
— Roxanne Gay (@rgay) July 5, 2022
The fight for women’s rights INCLUDES transgender people – transgender rights do not undermine women’s rights. We are all fighting this together, and this rhetoric against exceptions does NOTHING help.
— Crystal | Black Lives Matter (@crystalwillseeu) July 4, 2022
No. Don’t fall for the fake anti-transgender panic nonsense. Nobody erases women. In a few small medical cases, where appropriate, they use trans-inclusive language. It’s all.
— Dr. Panti Bliss-Cabrera (@PantiBliss) July 4, 2022
I’m really disappointed with this as a trans man and fan of Bette Midler.
Bette, including trans men in the reproductive health conversation isn’t hurting women. We have the same organs and even greater vulnerability as a cis woman.
— Evan Urquhart (@e_urq) July 4, 2022
This language reflects the reality that it is not only cisgender women who are menstruating or in need of reproductive health. No one needs to update anything and use precise terminology as our understanding develops. 💙🏳️⚧️
— Nicole Maines (@NicoleAMaines) July 4, 2022
What is it about “femininity” that TERFs like Macy Gray and Bette Midler cling so desperately to? The existence of trans women does not make me less of a woman, no matter how different our experiences may be. it’s just ridiculous at its core, to be honest.
— Ariel (she/she) (@mrstschinkel) July 5, 2022
Stop giving people platforms to spread ignorance and misinformation about trans people and issues! Macy Gray, you’re fucking clueless 🖕🏽
— ✨ (@heyjaeee) July 5, 2022