Macy Gray: Mighty Hoopla blasts ‘insensitive and transphobic comments’


The singer performed at the festival earlier this year (Picture: Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

Pop festival Mighty Hoopla has released a statement regarding Macy Gray’s ‘insensitive and transphobic’ comments’, saying the event ‘will always stand with our trans family’.

On Monday evening, Gray appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored, where she made highly contentious remarks about transgender women.

The I Try singer faced backlash after saying: ‘I will say this and everyone’s gonna hate me but as a woman, just because you go change your [body] parts, doesn’t make you a woman, sorry’ – while also receiving support from JK Rowling.

Having performed at Mighty Hoopla in June this year, the festival has released a statement condemning her remarks and expressing support for the trans community.

‘We are extremely disappointed by the comments made by Macy Gray on Piers Morgan’s Uncensored TalkTV,’ the statement read.

‘As an artist at our 2022 event, we would like to make it clear that we do not agree with the insensitive and transphobic statement she made.

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Mighty Hoopla emphasized that ‘trans people and their bodies are not up for debate, and cis TV personalities and the channels that hire them need to stop discussing them on air’.

The message concluded with the emphatic statement: ‘Mighty Hoopla will always stand with our trans family.’

One person responded to Mighty Hoopla’s statement with a couple of clapping emojis and a row of trans pride flags, while another commented: ‘Extremely disappointed, as a Macy fan, to hear these comments.’

During her appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored, Gray was told by the host that she may be deemed transphobic for her remarks.

‘But it’s the truth,’ the musician responded.

‘And I don’t think you should be called transphobic just because you don’t agree with, you know… there’s a lot of judgment and throwing stones at people for just saying what it is.’

JK Rowling and Macy Gray

JK Rowling’s now a huge Macy Gray fan (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

Having been brought up in the conversation between Gray and Morgan, Harry Potter author Rowling has since voiced her support for the singer, vowing to buy all of her back catalogue.

‘Today feels like a good day to ensure I’ve bought @MacyGraysLife’s entire back catalogue,’ the writer tweeted, while sharing a critical tweet about Gray posted by trans broadcaster India Willoughby.

Morgan has also backed Gray on Twitter, saying she is ‘already being abused, hounded, shamed & branded “transphobic” by the usual vile, vicious mob who attack women that defend women’s rights’.

He continued: ‘I stand with you @MacyGraysLife – thanks for your courage and honesty.’

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