AceShowbiz - It looks like that Macy Gray has changed her attitude toward trans issue after facing tons of criticism over her anti-trans comments. Appearing on "TODAY" show to address the controversy, the music icon has now hailed the LGBTQ+ community as "a hero."
Macy sat down with Hoda Kotb on the NBC morning program on Thursday, July 7. Expressing her regret over her remarks, she said, "I never meant to hurt anybody with what I said. I think it takes a lot of courage to be yourself and go out in the world and be honest about who you are."
"So I think anyone in the LGBT community is a hero and sets an example for all of us with that," she continued. "I said some things that didn't go over well but my intention was never to hurt anybody. I felt bad that I did hurt some people."
Stressing the importance of education, the "I Try" songstress added, "Education is about conversation and us getting to a point where we understand each other." She went on admitting, "I've learned a lot through this. I think that was one of the reasons that it might have happened. It was just a huge learning experience for me.... You are whoever you believe you are and no one can dictate that for you or take that away from you."
In a stark contrast to her initial comments, the 54-year-old elaborated her current view on the issue, "I've learned so much and being a woman is a vibe and it is something I'm very proud of. It's very precious to me. I think that if you in your heart feel that's what you are then that's what you are. Regardless of what anybody says or thinks." She added, "I've learned a lot, absolutely, and I'm glad I did."
Macy came under fire following her appearance on "Piers Morgan Uncensored", on which she said, "I will say this and everybody's gonna hate me but - as a woman - just because you go change your parts, it doesn't make you a woman, sorry. I know that for a fact. A woman is a human being with boobs. How about you start there? And have a vagina!"
"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 surgery," she went on reasoning. "I don't think you should be called transphobic just because you don't agree."
Macy added, "There is a lot of judgement and throwing stones at people for just saying what it is. Do you know what I mean? A woman goes through a completely unique experience and surgery and finding oneself doesn't change that. Being a little girl is a whole epic book, you know? You can't have that just because you want to be a woman!"
Doubling down on her comments, she tweeted, "Truth hurts," in response to a critic on Twitter. She, however, later claimed her comments were "grossly misunderstood." She tweeted on Tuesday, "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 wana b."
On Wednesday, Macy took to Instagram to clap back at critics sending her threats in the wake of her controversial comments. "All of you coming on my page, threatening me and calling me names - just because I said something you don't agree with," the Grammy Award-winning vented out her frustration, before telling the haters, "- be whatever you wana be, and fk off."