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Gabourey Sidibe Under Fire For “Tranny” Happy Word Choice

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Precious is attempting to make nice with the transgender community after using the term “tranny” five times during a recent appearance on The Aresenio Hall Show. Gabourey Sidibe, who starred in American Horror Story: Coven, talked about some of the things she witnessed when not filming the popular show set in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“There was a bar that we would frequent and every time we’d go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies. Specifically trannies,” she said. “And I don’t know what goes on with trannies but that tranny on tranny crime needs to stop! It is tearing our nation apart!”
Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, was not happy with Sidibe’s word choice, telling The Huffington Post, “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 … Gabby is someone who has approached lots of different social issues with grace and class and so this is just such a disappointment.”

Sidibe has since apologized, taking to Twitter to right her wrongs. “I’ve apologized several times for using the word ‘Tranny.’ I don’t realize that it was a slur. I’m very sorry for my poor choice of words.”

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