Bette Midler and Macy Gray are causing serious controversy over their gender-related comments

Both Bette Midler and Macy Gray fans are unhappy with their recent statements. Midler, who is no stranger to sharing her point of view, took to Twitter on July 4 to express her thoughts on the issue of gender. The ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ hitmaker insisted that ‘women of the world’ are ‘deprived of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even our names!’ She continued, ‘They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘labourers’ or ‘menstruators’ and even ‘people with vaginas!’ Don’t let them wipe you out! Every person on earth owes you!” Given that the “Hocus Pocus” actor is a high-profile star with more than 2 million followers, her tweet didn’t go unnoticed, racking up more than 85,000 likes in 24 hours.

Gray, on the other hand, recently sat down for an interview on Piers Morgan’s show Piers Morgan Uncensored and revealed what she thinks about transgender people. The I Try chart-topper claimed that as a woman, she believes that people who change their “parts” don’t make her a woman. “I know that for a fact,” she told the British journalist, after admitting she knew her views would rub people the wrong way.

With both singers trending on social media, it’s no surprise their bold statements have sparked passionate reactions online.

Macy Gray insists the ‘truth hurts’

Macy Gray and Bette Midler are no strangers to standing up for what they believe in. This time, however, they rubbed their fans in the wrong direction with their thoughts on gender. In fact, so many users refer to the duo as “TERFs” (an acronym for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists), which describes a feminist deemed transphobic for excluding transgender women’s identities, according to USA Today.

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“Sad about the recent affair of Bette Midler and Macy Gray. In the bin you two x,” one user tweeted. “Macy Gray and Bette Midler have come out as TERFs. Yuck,” shared another person. “I wish I could go back to when I forgot who Bette Midler and Macy Gray are,” noted a third user. “These are your people, Bette! Stop being a fanatic!” wrote a fourth user on Twitter.

After the clip of Gray’s video with Piers Morgan went viral on Twitter, transgender broadcaster India Willoughby’s responses insisted the singer would kill “what’s left of your career”. Gray saw her tweet and bluntly replied, “Truth hurts.” After Gray recently performed at the LGBTQIA+ festival Mighty Hoopla in London, the festival took to Instagram to say that they were, in Gray’s words, “extremely disappointed.” As of this writing, Midler has yet to respond to the backlash over her tweet.