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Gabourey Sidibe apologizes for repeatedly saying ‘tranny’ on ‘Arsenio’

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Actress Gabourey Sidibe is apologizing after coming under fire for repeatedly used a transphobic slur during a recent appearance on the “The Arsenio Hall Show,” saying she was unaware that it was a slur.

In a discussion about life in New Orleans, where Sidibe resides, the “American Horror Story: Coven” star said the word “tranny” no less than five times in under a minute when she appeared on the show on January 23, reported The Huffington Post.

Sidibe said there’s a bar she frequents and that “every time we’d go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies.”

“I don’t know what goes on with trannies but that tranny on tranny crime needs to stop!” she said, to laughter from Hall and the audience.

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The remarks drew a stern scolding from Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

“Using the word ‘tranny’ isn’t OK anymore. Using it to make fun of people is definitely not OK. And using it to make fun of any kind of violence is just plain wrong,” Keisling told the Huffington Post.

“I know she meant it in fun but that’s the problem in this case. It’s not just that she used the word ‘tranny’ but that she’s making fun of violence in a city where the police have a history of committing violence and discrimination against trans women of color. It’s the kind of thing that trans people listen to and say, ‘This is someone who is not thinking about our lives. This is someone who is making fun of our problems,’” said Keisling.

Allyson Robinson, a transgender human rights activist and U.S. Army veteran, echoed Keisling’s sentiments in an email to The Huffington Post.

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“It’s tremendously disappointing to see Sidibe put her prejudice so callously on display like this,” Robinson wrote. “If she isn’t aware of the poverty, violence, unjust detention, and inhuman incarceration trans women (and especially trans women of color) face, it’s time she educated herself.

On Saturday, Sidibe tweeted that she didn’t realize “tranny” was a slur. “I’m very sorry for my poor choice of words.”

“I’m also sorry for having made light of a bad situation. It was not my intention,” she added.

“The Arsenio Hall Show” did not immediately responded to requests for comment.

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  1. I wasn’t aware that this is an offensive term. Am I out of the loop?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:17am
  2. how could it not be?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:18am
  3. I didn't know 'tranny' was an offensive term either.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:20am
  4. I guess it is like using f@g, homosexuals at one time called themselves that, but most people with respect for them would never call them that. Same with Blacks using the N word. I'm not sure if Transgender people ever used that word or not.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:20am
  5. Well, it offends me, but I love her. Letting this one go. She's not straight up transphobic, just a little unaware.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:20am
  6. A lot of people don't know this, so this should be excused.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  7. words like tranny and shemale come from the porn industry so I can understand how many trans people find it offensive. Although other trans people dont care about labels or words and call themselves tranny/shemale and have no issues with it. I guess its personal

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:25am
  8. sadly too many are unaware. and its like using the word gay in a negative way. like thats so gay. not cool at all. there are so many other words out there. people in general need to broaden their vocabularies and use tran appropriately.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  9. Well that lack of sensitivity and decorum is really annoying all of you do not realize undermining the situation makes it worse

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  10. In Sydney we have a Tranny Bingo show and Tranny Disco, It is titled by Transexuals, Sorry but I don't find it offensive the persons whom use the word are mostly transexuals and I've never heard anyone saying it is offensive, I smell a straight activist thats got to much time on their hands

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:32am
  11. To me, it is like morons saying "thats gay" to something that has nothing to do with homosexuality.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:33am
  12. i am a "tranny" ie, transgendered, the context of the use is a major factor in it being derogatory or not and it can be so disrespectful if used out of context... we re trying to rid the use of it withing our own community as well..

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:36am
  13. I always thought it was just an abbreviation, as "transsexual" and "transgender" are four and three syllables and take a while to type.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:43am
  14. all the transgendered people I know use the word themselves so I don't see the P.C. outcry, they said it's just a cute abbreviation.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:21am
  15. I didn't know either, but I'll err on the side of caution and not use it again.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:30am
  16. It's as Jarid said. Calling someone a tranny is just as offensive as calling a gay person a f@g or calling someone black the N word. It doesn't matter what context they were in; the words we use as a society still have power to them whether we like it or not. That said, while the word itself stung I don't necessarily think that Gabourey was transphobic when talking to Arsenio, just that she was simply misinformed.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:51am
  17. I have trans friends who use the term for themselves and prefer it. When I told one self-righteous person this (someone whose position was that the term was always offensive), she said those people were suffering from internalized transphobia. As someone whose own dissent with mainstream gay culture has often had that stupid label of 'internalized homophobia' slapped on it, I shall just say what I say to THOSE individuals (well, my second, more considered response): Kinda not your call to make for others.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:57am
  18. SMH. So disappointed in her.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:18am
  19. It's a learning moment. I would say a majority of people do not know. Now more people do...

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:34am
  20. Really? I mean is tranny really that bad of a word that people need to apologize for using it? I know plenty of transgendered people who dont have much of a problem with the word.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:18am
  21. I don't think it's that the word itself is offensive (I don't find it offensive), but how people use it. I remember hearing people practically screaming the word 'tranny' from across the street in a very hateful manor.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  22. well clearly your transgender friends represent the entire trans* community, right? and yes, really, tranny is an offensive slur, and it's definitely not up to cis people to decide what is and isn't offensibe

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  23. Do you hear yourself, that is like pointing anyone's flaws or gender or sexuality under the queer umbrella and bc you think they are cool with it, our society's current state will not get any better with nonchalant references like that tans ppl are the least represented (of the four most known gender/sex queers)

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:32am
  24. I wasnt trying to "decide" fuck can you hear YOURselves. Jesus I was just sharing my opinion. I am a part of this community just as anyone else, but it also doesn't bother ME when someone calls me a dyke or something because I don't see it as a bad word. Oh and Santiago I don't THINK they're cool with it they have SAID they are cool with it.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:37am
  25. I agree with Ashton it's more how someone uses it than the word itself.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:37am
  26. I’m sure it was an accident.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:19am
  27. American horror story!!!! Sorry, know it’s off topic, but it’s my favorite role she’s been in. Queenie for president!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:19am
  28. I agree! I love it!

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:24am
  29. I’m a lesbian but I didn’t know that was offensive. Live and learn I guess.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:19am
  30. I never thought the term tranny would be offensive, its just short for transsexual. I know a couple of lovely transsexual people and they both use the term “tranny”….

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:20am
  31. I know some black people who call each other nigger. Probably wouldn't go over well if I used it. :)

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:22am
  32. Thats different though. Tranny is short for transsexual. Nigger is not short for African American... Its used to be offensive, or a term of endearment depending on who says it.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:25am
  33. I know Gabourey wasnt using the term to intend harm on anyone or be offensive, so i disagree with her being under fire. But everyone has their opinions.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:28am
  34. NO, Desiree, there is a difference between nigger and nigga. And it's not going over well now because of how you misunderstand the difference. It's not a major difference, but there is one. I am not defending the use of either nigger or nigga because I don't use either myself, but niggER and tranny share some likeness. If I called some of my friends tranny, who happened to identify with the Trans community, THAT wouldn't go over well, and I happen to be gay. And black. And a man.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:53am
  35. How do other lgbt people not know this is offensive…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:20am
  36. Well idk why it's offensive. It's not a slur unless its intended that way, which it clearly wasn't. People need to stop being so sensitive. It's like the word queer, which is used by lgbtq's and not as an offensive term..

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:43am
  37. How is it not a slur? What do you think they call a transsexual while they are murdering them? Are you even aware of the violence trans people face? Do you know that 1 in 13 are murdered? Let that settle in.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:45am
  38. what do you think they called gay people while murdering them.? Queer. Yet it is almost a term of endearment in the lgbtq community, hell it's even a part of the initials that represent the gay community. Tranny has always been nothing mor than an abbreviation of transexual or transvestite. It was only turned into a slur by homophobics. And 1 in 13 is a grossly exaggerated number, considering that 16 were murdered in the us in 2013, 16 too many, but still that is not 1in 13 of the trans population. A word is only a word, and a word such as tranny is not very offensive, considering that trans men and women use it themselves.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:31am
  39. queer, probably not, fag, faggot probably

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:32am
  40. People are too sensitive these days, the girl ment nothing offensive and did not say it out of hatered or spite, i think the lgbtq has bigger problems than a young actresses slip of the tongue.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:33am
  41. http://transstudent.org/transvissmall.jpg http://talkaboutequality.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/are-you-transphobic-infographic.jpeg

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:38am
  42. it's 1 in 12. and it was almost 300 hundred murdered last year.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:43am
  43. two just happened in my area last month

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:43am
  44. Do you think that's how Harvey Milk would feel?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:44am
  45. There were 1374 trans murders in 60 countries last year which is a disgrace, but it is till no where near 1 in 12 as that would suggest that there were only 16488 trans people between those 60 countries, so that stat is wrong. I think that anyone who has died because of hatred towards them because of who they are would rather that the lgbtq were taking steps to educate, not make big public fusses over political correctness. Shouldn't the lgbtq be more concerned with equal rights and russia and uganda?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:52am
  46. You have also ignored what I said about the word queer, the word tranny is no different.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:53am
  47. the reason you're having trouble with the math is because it's not in one year, it's 1 in 12 will be murdered in their lifetime.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:57am
  48. Also untrue as that would be impossible to calulate as there are to many factors. Death rates in a group are measured against a timeline, those stats are still incorrect.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:00am
  49. Plus it still would have to reflect the murder rates per anum, which it doesnt

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:00am
  50. lol no... that's not hard to prove lol ever take a statics class? Do you realize you're arguing with Pflag and the HRC? Why do you think you understand this more than them?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:02am
  51. as long as the records have been collected it does go by per annum.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:03am
  52. The 1 in 12 stat was originally posted on the Hrc but has been removed. I can't seem to find any confirmation of it anywhere, or on Pflag. Plus for a stat to be credible, it should have several educational sources. Find them and I will believe it. However this is not the point. The point is a young woman used the word tranny and people are going ape over it, even though there are much worse things to worry about.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:15am
  53. Like ignorant people in our community?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:17am
  54. No. How about the fact that being gay in russia is now an inprisonable offence? Or that there are countries such as uganda where being gay or trans is actually punishable by death? Or closer to home, the fact that there are still countries in europe and states in America that do not allow marriage/ adoption to trans / same sex couples. Someone saying tranny pales a little in comparison. Get your priorities right.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:23am
  55. Those are issues that I care about, but I don't throw people in our community under the bus or pretend facts don't exist. If you really want to make a personal impact be respectful of everyone in the community and stop defending public hate speech. If she would have said something about Jews she would be in sensitivity classes right now.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:27am
  56. I'm sorry, but its not hate speech. She never said anything remotely hateful. You seem to be the one pretending certain facts DO exist, those educational resources concerning your proposed stats please? People make holocaust/ gay/ religious / racial jokes all the time, have you ever been to a stand up comedy? As far as I'm concerned, people need to look at the intentions behind the words. I'm lgbtq and find gay jokes funny, I'm Irish and find Irish jokes funny, I'm a woman and I find sexist jokes funny. A community cannot claim offence to the use of a word which is used constantly and affectionately within that community, reference to the word queer, again.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:35am
  57. Last post; Sources Guidelines for Transgender Care (2006), Gender Spectrum Education and Training, Families in TRANSition (2008)

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:37am
  58. Also, if one of your black friends doesn't mind you saying the n word that doesn't give you the right to use the word.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:38am
  59. I looked up each of those, none of the websites gave any statistics, yet you don't seem to get that thats not the point.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:42am
  60. My point is that there are far worse things that the lgbtq has to deal with. What word? Nigger? It's just a word and is used amiably all of the time, in music, and media in general. Also unlike the word tranny, it was a word created to shame a black person, the word tranny was originally intended to be used in an abbreviation

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:46am
  61. Get your priorities right and stop crying over a bit of spilled milk on the table when your house is on fire.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:47am
  62. I thought it was just used for short. Like granny instead of grandma.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:20am
  63. I didn’t realize it was offensive. :/

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:21am
  64. The problem is a lot of girls use the word on each other, it is a porn word too so that don’t help either

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:21am
  65. it’s weird because some people find it offensive and some don’t. I bet 90% of people that gave her crap for it were social bloggers that aren’t even transgendered. people are just too touchy. like lesbians, some are okay with being called a “dyke / dike” others aren’t.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:21am
  66. Agreed! I don't even mind being called fag/faggot..it is what it is. "Hey faggot" "what's up?" It's all about how people react to the word, not the word itself. On the other hand, I hate the phrase "that's gay" for situations that are not gay.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:28am
  67. depends on who says it and how. she was making a joke . the joke actually reveals some truth. trans women probably are arrested there .

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:23am
  68. Uhh, that’s not the kind of tranny she was referring to …

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:21am
  69. I’m a gay stud n I don’t find it offensive if u know what u r n u r proud of it it shouldn’t matter I get called a dike everyday it don’t bother me cuz I know what I am!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:22am
  70. who cares!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:22am
  71. Ugh, I’m sick of homophobic idiots apologizing, They never mean it and no sane person would ever accept it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  72. I don't think she's homophobic, just ignorant to some things. At least she realized it so that's something.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:25am
  73. This is true.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:46am
  74. How can ya’ll identify as LGBT and not know that this is offensive? I expect that type of ignorance from straight people, not from our own community.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  75. I don't find it offensive at all. She didn't use it to put anyone down and she didn't know it was offensive, but now she does and she's apologizing. Lighten up dude...

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:36am
  76. No, Patricia, just because you and a handful f other people weren't aware that something was offensive doesn't mean someone should lighten up. Seriously, I'm sure you've heard people call someone a tranny and it couldn't have been a good way. How could it? And yes, she now realizes that what she did was wrong, and for that, the trans world deserves to hear her apology. She could have been a twat and simply said "Whatever" like a lot of uppity famous people do. It is offensive whether you think so or not.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:45am
  77. Unfortunately, trans-allyship is not as strong as it should be. It is and has been a problem. People have a lot of learning to do... I think that as the movement progresses, we will have to more explicitly express allyship. Clearly there are many people who are already far along, which is awesome, so let's mobilize those skills in ways that are positive. If there is a silver lining to this, there are A LOT of people who will be reflecting on the ways they have been addressing trans* people. We can also be substantive by advocating for the retention of gender identity in ENDA. We all have common goals, but we're all in different progressions of advocacy.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:31am
  78. It is offensive to some. It is equally offensive to declare that those who prefer the term and use it to describe themselves somehow are suffering from internalized transphobia. I, for one, don't care for the term 'gay', though I sometimes suffer it for the sake of brevity. I prefer 'queer', and I don't care who uses it...

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:59am
  79. I really think this was blown out of proportion. This is the first I’m hearing that that word is considered a slur. Apparently I’m only one of quite a few that didn’t know.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  80. Now that you know, please don't use it. It is a slur.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:41am
  81. ridiculous…lets all go.protest trannyshack now. i have many trans friends …Many…and none find it offensive and use the word themselves.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  82. do you have black friends who say the n word, maybe some jewish friends who you crack holocaust jokes with? That must mean it's not offense then... swell logic.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  83. It's a learning moment Rachel. Unless you are a part of the community you cannot know something is wrong until you learn it.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:37am
  84. A learning moment?!?! How daft are you? Do you honestly know nothing about LGBT history and culture.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:49am
  85. I had no idea that it was a derogatory word either…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  86. You think that saying the fighting needs to stop has alot better intent then calling someone a “tranny” with out the intention of offending someone? I dont get what the “ny” “trans” is suppose to be demeaning? like I get F*G because demeaning homosexuals down to burning like wood. But i dont know the demeaning demoralling context of that word. Could someone put it into perspective?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:23am
  87. I didn’t realize it was offensive either. It’s just an abbreviation in my book. I say tranny and I’m far from any kind of phobic

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:24am
  88. She didn’t know. It was obviously coming from ignorance and not bigotry. She was educated, apologized, and the issue is over. If we as a community treated situations such as these as opportunities for education rather than an excuse for outrage, we’d all be better off in the long run.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:24am
  89. Sometimes outrage is necessary for universal change.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:54am
  90. Sure, sometimes. But this, and many, many other situations is not one of those times.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:55am
  91. She's an up and coming actress, fairly new to the game. She will do a ton more interviews. She now knows not to be so carefree with her words when they COULD very well offend an entire fan base that likes her. Would she have apologized if someone didn't take a stand and actually tell her she was wrong? And besides, they call it "under fire" even if Jay Leno was the only person who called her out on it.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:01am
  92. I think you don't quite understand the difference between 'education' and 'outrage'.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:02am
  93. Oh please with the "I got educated". She's not a child or ignorant. She knew what she was saying and how it would come across. We do we treat celebs with fragile little things and forgive them as soon as they mess up?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:02am
  94. Seriously? There are people in the LGBT community who didn't know it was offensive, just scroll down the comments here. I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:03am
  95. I think we should afford people the benefit of the doubt. Now that she is aware, we can observe how she makes changes and see if she was educated. She seems like a sincere person. We all make mistakes with our words. Sometimes we don't realize what's offensive and what's not. When I started learning about the community I didn't know it was offensive. It doesn't help that some people within the community use it freely as if it's perfectly fine.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:19am
  96. preach!

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:21am
  97. I agree with you 100%

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:23am
  98. Maybe she needs to hire a PR person. That could help her.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:57am
  99. I am a staunch supporter of LGBT rights, and I didn't know. Her making a mistake has educated me.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:28am
  100. We should all be in the education business....educate people of their error. Many people would apoligize and never do it again....issue settled

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:59am
  101. I also didn’t realize it was considered a slur.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:24am
  102. Ok.. this is such a big deal….. riiiiight.. no its not its a flippin word.. and its not like she was putting them down.. no she was making a joke.. not even one on poor taste.. i swear theres more fighting in the lgbt world then anything…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:24am
  103. ‘Tranny’ is offensive? I consider myself friendly to the community, and this is new to me.

    I guess someone should put up a blog informing me of what is/isn’t offensive because this is just…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:25am
  104. It’s no different that calling someone who is Morbidly Obese “Fatty” or “Porker” for short. I don’t see the big deal either.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  105. Seriously she is allowed to use that word. It’s just a word. Omg she loves gays and she is a wonderful person. Omg I am gay I can say tranny all the time and no one cares. Everyone uses here in West Hollywood everyday. NOBODY CARES!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  106. Lol no. You're not exempt from transmisogyny because you're gay.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:50am
  107. I think we need to focus more on intent of the speaker than the words we shame them for using

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  108. I don’t think “tranny” is offensive. Let her speak and say what she has to say, she has that right like everyone else.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  109. They just need to leave the gurl alone. From how she sounds, I believe she was being honest about not knowing what she was saying wrong. Let her off the hook, it happens just ask Paula Dean !!! Lol

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:26am
  110. If she genuinely didn’t know, and her apology is genuine, then don’t be too hard on her.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:27am
  111. Do ya’ll realize how ignorant some of you sound? “My trans friend doesn’t mind if I say it!” Uhh, no, not the point. That’s like saying, “My black friend doesn’t mind the n-word so it must not be offensive.”

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:27am
  112. It appears most of us didn’t know it was offensive, so I guess she should get a” Free Pass” for this one. Now we know

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:27am
  113. i do think it was out of ignorance, just like I used the word midget for many years out of ignorance until i met a friend who is a little person and she explained to me how offensive midget was.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:28am
  114. After watching the clip, it seems she was ragging on the cops. As in the folks the cops were hassling EVERY time she was there weren’t really doing anything and she was mocking that fact. That’s how I took it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:29am
  115. Guess where i learned this word… From transexuals, This is taking pc too far – I have never heard this term used in a negative form. seriously who decided it is offensive, and who ever that is should perhaps research where the word started in the first place

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:29am
  116. i.am not.saying that some.may not find it.offensive…but the OVERWHELMING majority of.people are unaware of it being offensive, INCLUDING many trans…there is a.club called trannyshack. very.popular…i am not aware of any controversy there. i think calling someone stupid is offensive….so i will refrain from using it in this post :)

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:31am
  117. I know a few Transgender people. I have been involved with Gay life since I was 12.
    It was not until this that I am learning Tranny is an offensive term….
    Since When?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:31am
  118. Since always. The people you know do not speak for all transgender people.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:40am
  119. I love Gabby Sidibhe, she’s a fabulous actress and I’m not mad at her for using the word “tranny.” She didn’t use it to be mean or to put anyone down. I didn’t even know using the word is not politically correct. She’s still beautiful and I still love and adore her spirit…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:31am
  120. Martin Gilliam-Kennedy, it shouldn’t be that surprising. Gays have been dogging trans* folks in the movement since the sixties. The timing of gay pride month coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, yet many of the gays and lesbians of the time didn’t want Marsha P and Sylvia Rivera and STAR at the marches. Gay men (especially white ones) want to assimilate, and they think gender nonconforming people get in the way.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:31am
  121. “Tranny” is a word often used like the N word. It can be a sign of disrespect – it can also be a sign of familiarity.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:33am
  122. The things that people get in their feelings over. What the hell can we say anymore? Seemingly not much if the whiny pc crowd has their way.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:34am
  123. Now I know.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:35am
  124. We are WAY over the bounds in the area of sensitivity about words. Next week/month/year it will be something different. Tempest in a teacup.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:35am
  125. I’d rather be a “tranny” than look like a gorilla.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:35am
  126. Leave her alone. If she is a bigot, after this we’ll hear about it. Intent is what people should be focused on, not the word she used. Just remember, however, it applies to everyone in a similar spot, not just her in this spot.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:35am
  127. ok

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:36am
  128. Tranny on Tranny crime!? Lmao.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:36am
  129. I didn’t know it was an unacceptable, offensive abbreviation but I also don’t really use it. I agree with earlier comments that, sometimes, these are opportunities for education rather than anger.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:36am
  130. Her acting is more offensive!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:38am
  131. I know some people find it offensive but i don’t but i also agree that non trans folk should not say it

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:38am
  132. I say tranny all the time and I’m transgender lol I don’t find it offensive but maybe that’s just me xD

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:39am
  133. That doesn't give others the right to use it. And I will wager the first time a group of thugs beats you down and yells it at you repeatably you might change your mind.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:50am
  134. Regardless of what she said, it’s a shame how towards the end she was saying how crimes towards transgendered people needed to stop. Leave her alone. I’m sure she wasn’t going about insulting others. You people just love witch hunts where you stalk what people say and just bombard others with hateful messages in this case (her looks, her race, her weight) People are seriously blowing this out of proportion.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:39am
  135. Omg Carmen Andrea Coreas your gorgeous….but I didn’t think it was so bad but I can’t speak for every one

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:41am
  136. how is the word “tranny” bad?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:41am
  137. It’s a slur against trans women. There, you have now been educated. Don’t ever fucking use it unless you are a trans woman reclaiming the slur.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:41am
  138. Tranny, faggot, nigger (no matter how it’s enunciated), etc should NEVER be used by either side of this issue. For example, a gay man should never, ever refer to himself or other gay men as “faggot” because it sets up a double-standard that just hurts that community.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:42am
  139. How these situations happen:

    A small handful of people freak out over it and even when the person apologizes, continues to shame them and berade them because to that small handful, it is about being self righteous, not about the community.

    The vast majority of the community either doesn’t care, doesn’t know about it, or mildly thinks “Well, that’s a shame” until the person apologizes and then go “Well, that’s all right then. Let’s have tea.”

    If you’re in group one, you’re part of the problem.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:42am
  140. who is she?! guess i’m out the loop on that one! also, maybe these charities should be doing more to highlight words that are now deemed inappropriate or offensive, as i can see quite a few posts here from people saying they were also unaware. it’s not a word i can recall using myself, it would usually be that person who had the sex change. which you will probably say is also wrong, but i think that certain words’ meanings have changed as say, the people or movement have changed. so i can understand why people are unaware of certain things.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:42am
  141. Maybe she was just staying a fact of what she saw. I am sure that she didn’t mean anything by it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:42am
  142. Again something you general “public” blow way out of per portion! Ugh! Throwing fat jokes really makes you much better? Bravo, you graduated to a dick!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:42am
  143. Many people do not know that term is offensive. If you have been raised with a word that is thrown around and you never stop to think what it means and just use it randomly… well, that happens all the time. She clearly is sorry. If the transgender community wants allies, it needs to educate not alienate people. There are real enough enemies. Respectfully letting her know the term is viewed as offensive and why is the better way to go.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:43am
  144. The transgender community needs allies who don't tell them constantly "Get over yourself" when trying to educate "allies" in what is/is not offensive.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:44am
  145. OMG she is a supporter of lgbt community. Stop the witch hunt asses

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:43am
  146. People have to chill out!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:45am
  147. And a lot of people would say that calling a women of color a gorilla is racist, Austin Almanza

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:46am
  148. To all of the people asking how is the word “tranny” offensive: GOOGLE IT. Seriously. It’s not that hard to do some basic fucking research. If you didn’t know it before, you do know it now so you have no excuse to continue being ignorant. GO EDUCATE YOURSELVES.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:47am
  149. She is far from homophobic. I truly believe that she didn’t know what she was saying was offensive. She learned that it was, and followed up with a heartfelt apology. I accept her apology.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:47am
  150. And everyone stuck up for her fat ass. Fuck that shit! Jubumbawayyyyyyyy!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:48am
  151. Arsenio is still on the air? Now THAT is shocking!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:49am
  152. It used to be the acceptable term. stop being so politically correct.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:49am
  153. I prefer not to shame her over it by publicizing the post further. Save that for the willfully-ignorant and the actively-malicious, of whom we have plenty with which to contend.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:49am
  154. Also… calling her names and making fun of her is pretty cruel. She didn’t realize that the word was a slur. Jeez…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:49am
  155. I listened and did not hear malice in her voice.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:50am
  156. I never thought it as offensive… I am gay and have said that word as well… I also know ALOT of transsexuals and have heard them use the word as well..

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:51am
  157. Too many panties get wadded…she said she was sorry for it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:52am
  158. she shouldnt have to

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:53am
  159. Tranny

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:53am
  160. I didn’t think Tranny was offensive..come one now…I often heard kelly on her show using the word tranny and i never heard no one going after her..

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:53am
  161. Also the cis white gay men using it and thinking being gay makes them exempt from transmisogyny lol no. Fucktruck ahoy.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:53am
  162. why is it offensive? I hear gay people and transgendered folks using it all the time. we need to get the fuck over it, it’s a word same as faggot it’s the context you use it in that matters………..

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:54am
  163. we all make mistakes. Glad she educated herself and found the compassion to ask for forgiveness therefore as a gay person I forgive her.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:54am
  164. I would say its how the word is used, like any other word, its the context its in. We say tranny all the time to mean me and my friends and we never had a problem with it. Everyone gets so butt hurt these days. Did anyone even find out who was fighting?!? Maybe the Tranny’s needed called out because they were acting like trash!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:55am
  165. So it's okay to call gay men f@gs, and lesbians rug munchers? Because, well, don't get so butt hurt? SMH

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:46am
  166. Oops! Her bad…and Im over it. Come now people, we’re better than this!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:56am
  167. I didn’t even know that was considered an insult. Chill out people.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:56am
  168. Like I said… she was unaware that it was a slur, and she apologized. Cut her some slack. She supports the LGBTQ community.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:56am
  169. Not everyone has received the Memo that tranny is transphobic. Forgiven.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:59am
  170. Not everyone has received the Memo that tranny is transphobic. Forgiven.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:59am
  171. How is that offensive? I mean…really? REALLY???

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:59am
  172. Hate breeds hate. This is just awful. Some of these comments are so disheartening.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:00am
  173. Give her a break!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:03am
  174. its Ok people its ok! she didn’t know!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:03am
  175. Forgiven, but it 2014.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:05am
  176. I missed that memo.. When did it become offensive? I still love her!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:05am
  177. I don’t care if people think “tranny” is just a short hand or not an offensive term, if somebody calls me that, I will personally skin their ass. It’s offensive and used as an insult, just like the words “fat” and “fag” nowadays, and if somebody calls me those either, I’m still skinning them.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:05am
  178. She really needs to work on some weight loss. Her bulk is killing her and she’s too wonderful a talent/person to lose!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:05am
  179. Oh come on. We can forgive a fatty for the occasional fuck up. People call me gay all the time and I’m bi. So twat!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:06am
  180. The lack of awareness for considering words like that offensive is almost worse to me than the word its self. Gays and lesbians have been making leaps and bounds over the past few decades in acceptance and rights, and transgender people are still almost a complete afterthought.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:06am
  181. Im transsexual and I am not offended by this! Tranny is just short for transgender. We should be fighting bigger battles such as marriage equality and discrimination rather than complain that someone used an abbreviated term! #WAKEUP, #BIGGERBATTLES, #NOTABIGDEAL

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:06am
  182. I’m guessing that, for everyone who’s is saying “DERP?? Calling someone a tranny is offensive?? Reeeallly?? That one Trans person I knew like two years ago doesn’t think it’s offensive!” never crawled out from under their perfect rock and knew that Transvestite is indeed an offensive word as well. “WHAT? Everyone uses it! That must mean it’s okay, like That’s Gay! or You’re a Fag! or I’m so Retarded!

    Because clearly.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:06am
  183. Tranny (slang) - generally pejorative term for: Transvestite, a person who wears clothing traditionally associated with the opposite sex Transgender, a general term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies to vary from culturally conventional gender roles Transsexual, an individual who identifies with a gender inconsistent or not culturally associated with his or her assigned sex Trans woman, a male-to-female transsexual or transgender person Trans man, a female-to-male transsexual or transgender person

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:07am
  184. Thank you Kimora!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:07am
  185. This is definitely a teaching moment. I never knew that it was, until I fell in love with a transwoman. Then, without being told that “the ‘T’ word” was wrong, I felt in my heart that it was. Ever since then, if I hear it, I feel an ache in the pit of my stomach. I know awareness is coming. I know society is starting to be educated about transgender people and adjusting their mindset and laws to protect their rights… it just can’t all happen quick enough, ya know what I mean? Still, a long road ahead. We’ll get there. Let’s maintain our dignity and respect in the pocess, or the message will be harder for people to hear. Hopefully there’s a kind, patient transgender celebrity that can take her under her wing and educate her regarding transgender violence and other struggles they face- perhaps she will become an ally. More friends in high places :-)

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:07am
  186. Some of you people are ridiculous. If she’s a comedian, none of you would have an issue. But since she’s an actress, everyone freaks out. What a strange double standard…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:08am
  187. Is it bad say tranny?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:09am
  188. Yes

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:11am
  189. but isnt it just a short way of saying transgender?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:13am
  190. Nope. The short way would be "Trans" you can just say somebody is trans, you don't have to say they're a "tranny".

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:23am
  191. Ohh how about transvestite is that bad to say?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:24am
  192. As far as I know, it's not. Also if I remember right, transvestites don't usually even belong under the trans* umbrella (that's just a little fact to add to this).

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:30am
  193. So what are they under?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:31am
  194. They're kind of just their own group. I'd say it a hobby or a life style, it's probably be the best to ask one about that. The wiki-page says this: "This group did—and sometimes still does—distance themselves strictly from both gay men and transsexuals". And if I understood right it's kind of like cross-dressing but with a different name.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:39am
  195. ohh ok

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:40am
  196. I’m educated, live in Southern California, have know a few trans in my life and I too dis not know it was not PC to say “tranny”. Oh, I’m GLBT also. You guess which one, if it makes a difference (and I don’t see that being a part of any community should matter if you find it offensive or not).

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:09am
  197. This was on the Huffington Post earlier, and honestly, I am shocked. Shocked how many people that follow progressive pages are completely fucking resistant to the idea of respecting that transgender individuals don’t want to be called tranny. If someone doesn’t want you to call them something, then have the fucking decency to respect their wishes. So okay, you didn’t know, now you do. STOP DOING IT!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:10am
  198. I think people may also have missed the satirical joke that was being made – i.e., on the assumption that if the police are arresting a certain type of people than they must have done something to deserve it. Change the name of the trees & you might see the forest, which actually is pretty subversive material – not to mention in line with the usual observational humour & asides that Arsenio is known for – cf. that one clip used in Ghost: “Don’t try to adjust your TV sets…I’m black.” Considering that LGBT issues aren’t always widely understood as valid “civil rights” issues, it actually sounds like a rather edgy & challenging statement in full context.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:11am
  199. I didn’t realize that “tranny” was a derogatory word towards trans ppl. Just thought it was the shortening of the word transvestite.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:13am
  200. ^^^i don’t think “transvestite” is a proper term either…

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:14am
  201. My transgendered foster mother uses the term herself in fun. It’s not meant as a bad thing unless they feel shame for how they are I think.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:17am
  202. Ok, I’ve always seen it as more of a nickname. I’ve even called trannies “tranny.” So I’m stumped.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:18am
  203. Am a 50 y/o gay man saying tranny all my adult gay life and it was never considered transphobic slur before…oh yeah because the word transphobic wasn’t around back then either. We are taking being PC so far to the fricking left it is ridiculous anymore.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:18am
  204. I think she was basically commenting on the horrible thing she was seeing happen and did not mean to insult anyone. Likely didn’t know she was using the wrong descriptive word.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:25am
  205. I know gay people who call themselves faggots, so obviously faggot isn’t an offensive word.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:25am
  206. I see some people getting upset about the term “Tranny” if I may ask, what is it about the word that is offensive? Is is like Faggot? which is a term that came from gay men being used to keep the pyres that were used for the witch trials going or like dyke which means damned? I’m seriously wondering why it’s such a terrible word.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:28am
  207. I didn’t know it was a slur either and I’m gay and have even dated a transgendered person who – by the way- referred to herself as “tranny”. Sometimes we can be overly sensitive.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:29am
  208. What do I call my tranny friends now??

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:33am
  209. Human beings?

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:41am
  210. Please. That girl doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:35am
  211. Would ya’ll PLEASE stop saying that because an oppressed group takes back an offensive term that the word is no longer offensive? Please? As a fag and nigga, I would greatly appreciate that.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:35am
  212. Big deal . Grow up people. Words are words: they only hurt you if you let them.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:36am
  213. I didn’t think it was derogatory..

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:38am
  214. I didn’t know either

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:38am
  215. It’s not as if she meant it. I understand that people need to be sensitive to issues, but Gabby definitely didn’t use it with any malicious intent.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:41am
  216. I didn’t think she was using the word in a negative connotation.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:41am
  217. Arsenio. Cutting edge as always.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:42am
  218. Niili Mäkinen…. Transvestites are under the trans* umbrella

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:43am
  219. Okay, maybe somebody should update the wiki-page then? Because what I understood from the wikipedia, transvestites are kind of like cross dressers, which would mean their gender identity would still be the same as they have been declared at birth.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:07am
  220. Anyone who identifies themselves not CIA/biological or non-binary gender is under the trans umbrella..

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:45am
  221. I have no issue with “tranny”..when the hell did that become offensive?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:47am
  222. 1 in 12 trans identified people experience violence every year in the world… Statistics change due to area and country. But this is an average. Tranny is offensive. If your not trans* you certainly shouldn’t be using it anyway

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:48am
  223. Apologize for what? How is the word “tranny” derogatory? That’s the label used by so many people. Even in pornography they label themselves as trannies. They just don’t like the word because of the negative stigma attached to it. What negative stigma you ask? Simple, there are a lot of transsexuals that prostitute and try to pass themselves as women to males. Then, you see violence when some of these males discover they’re sleeping with men posing as women. I think it’s disgusting when these trannies do this. Fkn gross. If you want to live a life as a female, do so. But don’t fool other people into having intimate encounters with you if they don’t support your lifestyle.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:51am
  224. It’s not offensive to call a Drag Queen a Tranny!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:53am
  225. Michael ‘Anjel’ Hamilton…. Are you assuming here that all trans* folk are trans* women. And just because “they” use it in porn… Doesn’t mean “we” like it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:55am
  226. I thought a Tranny is a drag queen! Tranny is not slang for a Transgender.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:55am
  227. ??? Blurring gay and trans issues doesn’t make much sense. You can’t say you’re allowed to use “t**nny” because you’re gay, it just doesn’t make sense. Also, the trans asterisk has been deemed as an erasure of non-binary identities.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:56am
  228. Further note : this is an lgbTq page … If you have views like that you should personally remove yourself. This page has no place for you

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:56am
  229. I wish people got so up in arms about things that actually mattered. This is a subjective topic not an objective one. This whole P.C people pleasing thing needs to die like right now. If you’re getting offended by the words people use and think its degrading to you… well that’s your problem not their’s. you choose how to respond to what people say to you. Stop being offended by words and be proud of who you are. Other people don’t define you. Time to grow up. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me. I feel like I’m friggin kindergarten listening to a bunch of adults talk about “bad” words.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:56am
  230. Elaine A. Daniels drag queens are called drag queens

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:57am
  231. Have you ever worked a Gay bar Tyler? Drag Queens are Trannies. Do you watch Rupaul’s drag race? They call each other Tranny all the time….get a life

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:59am
  232. I’m a gay trans man who lives in Brighton… Elaine A. Daniels

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:00am
  233. My boyfriend is also trans

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:00am
  234. And I have several drag queen friends that refuse to use tranny because its a awful term

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:01am
  235. she should probably be apologizing for going on Arsenio.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:01am
  236. Gosh, how do I write this without being criticized the way she was. She doesn’t need to be scolded in such a condescending way, just told that it wasn’t the right way to say it in the way that she did. We don’t need to make this a federal case, just more of an awareness.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:02am
  237. I don’t think anyone found “tranny” offensive until you told them too. Lots of times you don’t know whether “transsexual” or “transgender” is the correct term, so “tranny” is just a safer choice.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:03am
  238. She was making a joke and she was talking about drag queens who are called trannies….no need for an apology. People refer to me as a dyke all the time. (Usually “fucking dyke”) it doesn’t bother me. All this PC crap is insane. Now fag is the new F word!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:04am
  239. Transvestites are Trannies

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:08am
  240. Lol someone should. Never get facts from wiki.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:09am
  241. Shame on her!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:10am
  242. Wiki also assumes that no one is non-binary/gender-queer

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:10am
  243. I don’t see it as a big deal , all of us in the gay community label one another and you all know it . Even further I am tired of trans being grouped together with the LGB community , to me it is a totally different issue ! That is my view too bad if you disagree

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:11am
  244. Brian Oulds totally agree but some of us in the trans community are LGB and they need help with that too

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:14am
  245. As long as she’s not directly being trans phobic and intentionally being rude, I think people shouldn’t be offended.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:16am
  246. Nasty fat bitch

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:19am
  247. i like her. i don’t think she knew it was offensive

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:21am
  248. in all honesty, i really don’t think she meant to offend anyone by this.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:22am
  249. It’s not offensive and she’s not a nasty fat bitch! I think she’s beautiful and funny. People need to lighten up!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:23am
  250. Yeah I agree, lighten up, I don’t think she meant anything by it. There’s a big difference between actually being offended and just looking for something to be offended about

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:31am
  251. But then what do I know I’m just a stupid queer

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:32am
  252. I continue to have the opinion: over-reaction – ya’ll do know that Ryan Murphy is her employer? This is the same story she told on Chelsea Lately, sans the tranny part – so it’s a canned story and probably approved by AHS: Coven. She’s an ally and the INTENT was not malicious.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:35am
  253. oh, hell everything’s a slur nowadays, everyone’s so invested in political correctness & being thin skinned

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:35am
  254. i still don’t understand why tranny is declasse.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:36am
  255. I cannot believe all the LBG folks who “didn’t know” this was offensive. Seriously?

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:39am
  256. Even if she said transvestite – uproar would still have commenced. Now you have to know the current history of every city cops you visit? Even I don’t know when or why this became offensive. After Christian won Project Runway? I admit I’m ignorant on this part of our community – but I’m learning. This uproar doesn’t do the community any good.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:43am
  257. Rachel no one is defending “public hate speech”. This is a nice woman, who, like many of us close to, supportive of, and part of the LGBT world, didn’t know the word was offensive. Including, obviously, some trans folks. I, myself, first heard the offending word from a transgendered person. It’s not “public hate speech” if there was no hate. And clearly there was not. Now we ALL know we have ONE. MORE. THING. about which to be offended. She has apologized. Move on. Go after the asshats in the right wing trying to make people less-than, not the sometimes ignorant-of-the-facts folks who support LGBT.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:43am
  258. OMG PEOPLE SERIOUSLY GET OVER IT. It’s a fucking word. It only has the power that you give it

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:43am
  259. really those trannies need to get over themselves..what it’s OK to have a bar named the Tranny Shack in SF, but oh my don’t call then that…puleeze

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:44am
  260. Is it owned/named by a transgender person? I somehow doubt it.

    Replied on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:47am
  261. I think she knew. Tranny is just short for Transsexual. Trust me she knew.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:46am
  262. Education starts early, she knows better now. Sometimes people have to be corrected. Not knowing doesn’t mean she was being hateful.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:47am
  263. omg.. she said tranny the world will end. Seriously get over it she apologized and wasn’t even meaning it in the derogatory term so gtfo whining about it.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:50am
  264. You want to turn some people AGAINST a community of folks? This ridiculous outrage AFTER she apologized is the quickest way to do that.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:51am
  265. But even if it’s not owned by it is most assuredly frequented by and don’t think for one second that if the Tranny community had issue with it that it would still there.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:53am
  266. Such butthurt

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:55am
  267. I hate the word personally. It’s a hurtful, hate filled word.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:57am
  268. Sooo…if she says it, it’s an offensive slur, but if RuPaul has a song called “Tranny Chaser”, it’s OK? You can’t have it both ways, people. Either it’s offensive, or it’s not. MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:57am
  269. It’s offensive? oh……I wont say it anymore.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:58am