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6 comments | Wednesday, September 02, 2009

America's Best Dance Crew judge & rapper Lil Mama has issued an apology to GLAAD after many transgender activists and allies took to blogs over the weekend in an uproar over comments she made to transgender contestant Leiomy Maldonado of Vogue Evolution.

GLAAD asked Lil Mama and MTV to publicly address the concerns raised after Lil Mama stated:

“Leiomy, come on. Your behavior…it’s unacceptable. I just feel that you always have to remember your truth. You were born a man and you are becoming a woman. If you’re going to become a woman, act like a lady. Don’t be a bird, like ‘Oh my god, I’m not doing this!’ You know what I’m saying? It gets too crazy and it gets confusing. You’re doing this for America. Even though you’re the face for transgenders, you’re the face of America right now with this group and it’s not about anybody else. It’s about y’all. You know what I’m saying? So do it for the team. Do it for the team.”

GLAAD received the following apology this morning from Lil Mama:

"I would like to clarify anything that was misunderstood from Sunday's show. My remarks were never meant to be disrespectful regarding Leiomy's gender nor offensive to the LGBT community, which has been a community that has supported me in all my endeavors. However, in hindsight, I recognize that my words may have come across as hurtful. I spoke with her privately after the taping to express that it was not my intent to offend her or any member of the transgender community and that I still live for Vogue Evolution."

Get into the performance and the critique that prompted Lil Mama to apologize here if you missed it.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Most impressive, GLAAD jumps on the bandwagon to alienate an ally, but sits on the backburner when it comes to realpolitik, transgender relations with gay men and lesbians, and the general degradation in the political relationships between ethnic and racial minorities and homosexuals.

Way to go. Way to go.

September 02, 2009 7:05 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

OK....so what was said that was so offensive. I don't recall hearing nor reading anything out of pocket. was it becasue she brought up the fact that she used to be a HE? Sounds like MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING...

September 02, 2009 10:24 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have to agree with both Synnerman and the anonymous comment. I don't think that anything she said was that offensive. And considering the fight that LGBT people have to fight already, GLAAD couldn't find something more important to take to fight?

September 03, 2009 8:45 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

With this level of homophobia inside no wonder the black community suffers such a horrible homophobia. You jump to defend homophobic people and attackthe groups that defend us? How ignorant can you be? So you see as acceptable calling a transexual woman a man and no t a woman? And dending the message "you are not really a woman just a fake queer" as an ally? Please be a little bit dignified!!!

September 03, 2009 8:50 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Shangay Lily, hysterical hyperbole is one of the reasons we are not taken seriously. No matter what terminology we manufacture, transgendered female individuals are genetically men. They have the Y chromosome. That's not homophobia, that's genetics.

The lingo of the activist community is not the lingo of the dominant culture. And the more you marginalize allies because they don't know the activist lingo, the more you isolate your cause.

I also resent your blanket black homophobia statement. The comments here have been generally mild and two of them take GLAAD specifically to task. I wonder if you feel as strongly about "gay racism" or if this was just an opportunity to push a tired old meme?

September 04, 2009 9:42 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Shangay Lilly said:
"You were born a man and you are becoming a woman. If you’re going to become a woman, act like a lady."

Exactly what is so homo/transphobic about this statement?

Shangay Lilly said:
"no wonder the black community suffers such a horrible homophobia"

I guess there is none of that "horrible homophobia" you spoke of in the LATINO community?

September 04, 2009 6:56 PM


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