Jess Glynne has released an apology after fans called her out for using a transphobic slur.
The singer said the word ‘tranny’ during her appearance on Mo Gilligan’s podcast and the moment from the now-deleted episode went viral on social media.
In a post on her Instagram page the 31-year-old said: ‘I want to address my appearance on the mothecomedian podcast, when a story I told caused massive and righteous offence. Firstly, I want to say that I am wholeheartedly sorry…(sic)’.
She added a screen grab of a statement which read: ‘Firstly, I want to say that I am wholeheartedly sorry. I know that in this case, sorry is not nearly enough, throughout my life I have made a lot of mistakes and what I have come to know is that the only benefit to making one is to learn from it.
‘I didn’t want to simply put out a PR apology on social media because I know that I have caused offence and pain to a community that I love and have always wanted to support.
‘To be in the knowledge that I have negatively impacted the community through my own ignorance has ripped out a piece of my heart. I know I needed to address my mistake head on and educate myself about an issue I was frankly ignorant of.’
The Rather Be singer added that the word she used was ‘unacceptable’ and she is ‘ashamed that I was unaware of the potency of the T-slur until now.’
‘Today I have learnt something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life,’ Jess continued.
‘I hope by using my platform to apologise I can also start the conversation and others may benefit from being educated by braver souls than myself, I know that with a platform of my size, I have a responsibility to host the voices of many, over the coming weeks and beyond, I will be lending my platforms to voices of the comunity and I look forward to continuing my education on these issues.’
She went on to share links to organisations working with the trans community concluding that she will be ‘taking some time to continue to grow’.
During her interview Jess shared an anecdote about visiting a queer strip club with her friends.
She said: ‘This is probably the funniest bit. We got to the end our like, trail, whatever, it was like a tranny, like, strip club thing.
‘There was just men dressed…’
Both Jess and The Masked Singer judge Mo, 33, laughed as the singer described the reaction of her presumably straight male friend at the club.
Among the backlash on social was Harpies Strip Club founder Lucia Blayke, who tweeted: ‘As the owner of a “tranny strip club.” I’d ask Jess Glynne not to use slurs to describe us or call us “men in wigs.” In fact just leave us out of your funny anecdotes, we are not a laughing stock, we are human beings.’
Credit: Original article published here.