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.