Excusing Macy Gray Hurts Feminism
I'll have to admit I know very little about Macy Gray. I haven't listened to a single one of her songs, never attended a concert, I didn't even know she was a musician.
But what I did know about her was a clip from Pierce Morgans’s show, in which she stated that someone "can't just change their parts and become a woman." She prefaced this by stating that she knew this would piss people off, but that it was something she felt very strongly about.
I was ecstatic, and thrilled to learn this news. Here was a woman, famous, who was willing to use her privilege as a celebrity to stand up for women. I followed her on Twitter, I was set to buy her new album. Many feminists who knew nothing about her flocked to her page to express their support.
I knew that she was getting a lot of backlash and criticism but I thought if all the women on Twitter could simply stand together to support her, that she would stand tall. It appeared that it was working when she bravely posted another message to her twitter page, telling those who were threatening her to "f*ck off".
And then it all came crashing down.
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