CLEVELAND, Ohio – Canton native Macy Gray is back in the spotlight. But not in the way she may have wanted.
The 54-year-old singer, best known for her 1999 hit “I Try,” appeared on “Piers Morgan Uncensored” Monday where she generated backlash for commenting on whether or not trans women should be allowed to compete against biological women in athletic competition.
“Just because you go and change your parts doesn’t make you a woman, sorry,” Gray said.
Her words sparked outrage on social media from people accusing Gray of being transphobic. The outrage grew Tuesday when Gray retweeted support from Harry Potter author JK Rowling who said posted: “Today feels like a good day to ensure I’ve bought Macy Gray’s entire back [catalog].” Rowling has received criticism for her public comments that “biological sex is real.”
Gray posted on her own Twitter account: “I got nothing but love for LGBT+ and transgender communities. I’ve been a supporter since day one and never a fake one. My statement on Piers Morgan was GROSSLY misunderstood. I respect everyone’s right to be whoever they [wanna] be.”
Gray then deleted the Tweet but issued a statement to Billboard saying, “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.”
This past February, Gray performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland. She also represented Ohio on the series “America Song Contest” with the song “Every Night.”