AceShowbiz - Transgender activist group has addressed the statement condemning Aretha Franklin's hit 1968 hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". After calling the song "offensive," the group which was called Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance revealed that the criticism was just a satire.
In a Twitter direct message to The Post on Monday afternoon, January 23, the alleged-Norway based LGBTQ rights group explained, "This is satirical." The account additionally changed its bio information sometime Monday afternoon to read, "PARODY/SATIRE: Founded January 2023 exclusively by trans individuals, promoting cultural changes to ensure the inclusivity of trans individuals."
The account sparked chatter after blasting the song in a tweet on January 20. "Aretha Franklin's 1968 song 'Natural Woman' perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes," the organization wrote on the blue bird app. "There is no such thing as a 'natural' woman."
The post continued to read, "The song has helped inspire acts of harm against transgender women." The account concluded the post that it "is requesting it is removed from Spotify & Apple Music."
In response to the tweet, some Twitter users were outraged. Defending the Queen of Soul's work, "So, someone heard the song and attacked trans people?" one person wrote in response, adding, "What are things that never happened for $400."
Another fan said, "OMG Get a life & stop trying to cancel everything. How sad and pathetic one's life must be if THIS is a priority to you. This is a GREAT song! YOU GO, GIRL! @ArethaFranklin." Someone else added, "It's a great song and I'm going to listen to it right now because of this post. Thanks!"
Some others, meanwhile, assumed that it was a parody account. "Clearly this is a parody. Good one guys! Almost got me," one person wrote. However, the organization clarified in a follow-up tweet that they were not, in fact, a parody account. Instead, they were trying to "make culture more fair for transgender individuals."
Aretha's hit track is deemed a powerful song as it had an inspiring message. She even performed the song in front of then-President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 2015, during a ceremony to honor the track's writers, Gerry Goffin and Carole King.