The song of the late American singer Aretha Franklin (You make me feel like) a natural woman was recently criticized by an activist group for having offensive lyrics, a move that left the internet baffled.
On January 21, a Norway-based LGBTQ activist group, The Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance, took to Twitter to criticize Franklin’s 1968 song, stating that it “has helped inspire acts of harm against transgender women.”
Additionally, the group asked Apple Music and Spotify to remove it from their streaming services.
In the thread, the activist group has since claimed that its original post is “satire and not really serious.”
Aretha Franklin Natural Woman Controversy leaves Twitterati upset
After the Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance considered Aretha Franklin’s successful 1968 crackdown on trans women, Twitter was taken aback. Several users criticized the activist group for trying to cancel the late singer over her song, saying the culture of canceling has gone too far.
Others just couldn’t believe or gauge whether it was okay to cancel a song that was released over 50 years ago. Take a look at some of these tweets below:
After backlash, TCMA now claims it’s a “parody/satire” account
After the Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance’s tweet criticizing Franklin’s song began to gain steam, the Norway-based activist group updated its Twitter bio to “Parody/Satire.”
The organization’s social media bio states that its goal is to promote “cultural changes to ensure the inclusion of trans people.” However, in a follow-up tweet, the group criticized news organizations for ignoring the fact that it is a parody account.
“I am STUNNED that not a single media outlet that reported on Aretha Franklin’s tweet TRIED to contact this account for comment. Based on the sheer ridiculousness of the content on this page, how could JOURNALISTS not understand that this is it a parody/satire?
In the same thread, the account further wrote:
“Without investigation, the high-level corporate media went ahead and published that statement as if it were true and as if TCMA was a legitimate organization.”
In addition, he evaluated the quality of journalism these days, adding that “it is not surprising that Joe Biden is in the White House.”
aretha franklin song a natural woman It is considered a powerful song with an uplifting message to the masses around the world. In 2015, the late singer performed it at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at a ceremony that paid tribute to her writers Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
Born March 25, 1942, Franklin was a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Nicknamed the “Queen of Soul,” the late singer was twice number 9 on Rolling Stone’s list. 100 greatest artists of all time. She is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
He died in August 2018 after battling advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.