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‘American Song Contest’ Singer Trends on Twitter, Accused of “Transphobic” Remarks

Macy Gray on the 'American Song Contest' red carpet(Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images

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American Song Contest‘s Ohio representative, Macy Gray, is trending on Twitter for controversial remarks said on Pier Morgans series, Uncensored. Gray shared her view on transitioning to female on the show, which began a huge social media debate.

Macy Gray’s name began trending on Twitter on Tuesday, June 5, after a video of her on Piers Morgan’s show was published. On the show, Morgan began by talking about Gray’s Vanity Fair op-ed, which discussed her opinion on changing the American flag. To branch onto her viewpoints further, Morgan asked about racism, but eventually transitioned into opinions on transgender people.

Gray acknowledged that she supports all transgender rights to fairness and equality. From there, she specified that she respects calling transgender people by the gender they identify as, but she doesn’t see them as that gender.

“As a woman, just because you go change your parts, doesn’t make you a woman,” Gray said. “I know that for a fact, like 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.”


When it came to her reasoning, Gray explained that women go through a unique experience throughout their life. She states that surgery or “finding yourself” doesn’t create the same type of womanhood journey that cisgender females go through. Specifically, Gray noted that being a little girl is a unique experience.

Since this interview premiered, Harry Potter author JK Rowling bought all of Gray’s music. The author publicly acknowledged her support for Gray on Twitter. For those who don’t know, Rowling has repeatedly rejected the idea that she is transphobic, vowing that she “knows and loves” transgender people.

Macy Gray Death Rumors Confuse Fans

Alongside the discussion of Gray’s point of view, fans have tweeted that the American Song Contest singer passed away. While many mean that she is dead to them, others have seen an actual death rumor, which began on Facebook. On July 3, a Facebook page entitled “R.I.P. Macy Gray” attracted millions of likes for publishing an “update” about the singer’s health.

“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (July 03, 2022), our beloved singer Macy Gray passed away. Macy Gray was born on September 6, 1967 in Canton,” the post read. “She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

Fans commented their condolences, since the message seemed to be true at the time. On July 4, Gray’s official representatives confirmed that Gray is “alive and well” and people need to “stop believing what you see on the internet.”

Though fans were happy to hear that she was alive at the time, they have since taken a stance on her opinions about transgender individuals. The Macy Gray‘s name continues to trend on Twitter as people take their stance on the topic.

Earlier this year, Macy Gray competed on American Song Contest. This singer represented Ohio with her tune, “Every Night” featuring Maino. The singer appeared in the Qualifiers Round, but was not voted through to the next round. Since appearing on this series, this singer has announced an upcoming album and tour.

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