Aretha Franklin song ‘Natural Woman’ blasted by trans group

They are saying a little prayer.

A purported activist group in Norway has demanded that Aretha Franklin’s 1968 hit song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” be removed from both Apple Music and Spotify because the lyrics are offensive.

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Transcultural Mindfulness Alliance Took to Twitter last week to protest the ballad, citing harm against transgender women.

“Aretha Franklin’s 1968 song ‘Natural Woman’ perpetuates many harmful anti-trans stereotypes,” the organization tweeted. “There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ woman.”

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The message added, “The song has inspired harmful acts against transgender women. TCMA is requesting that it be removed from Spotify and Apple Music.”

However, the group claimed in a message to the Post on Monday afternoon that their original post was indeed “sarcastic”.

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The group also updated their Twitter bio to now say “parody/satire”.


A group called the Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance is calling for Franklin's song to be removed from all streaming platforms after saying it was offensive.
A group called the Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance is calling for Franklin’s song to be removed from all streaming platforms after saying it was offensive.
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The Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance is calling for Franklin's hit 1968 song to be removed from the music streaming platform.
The Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance is calling for Franklin’s hit 1968 song to be removed from the music streaming platform.
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The Post has reached out to representatives for Franklin, Spotify and Apple Music for comment.

Accordingly Organization Bio On the social media platform, they aim to “encourage cultural change to ensure inclusiveness of trans individuals”.

Many Twitter users were outraged by Queen of Soul’s opinion of the work and questioned the validity of the claims.

“So, someone heard the song and attacked trans people?” one person wrote in response. “What are some things that never happened for $400.”

Another wrote, “OMG get a life and stop trying to cancel everything. How sad and miserable one’s life would be if this was a priority for you. This is a great song! Girl you go! @ArethaFranklin.

Another typed, “This is a great song and I’m going to listen to it right now because of this post. Thank you!”

Others were so surprised that they thought the statement came from a parody account.

“It’s sarcasm, right?” asked a user.

“Obviously this is irony. Good one guys! Almost got it,” confirmed another.


The group covered Aretha Franklin's hit song, "a natural woman," As offensive.
The group considered Franklin’s hit, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” offensive.
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The organization said that the song "Perpetuates many harmful anti-trans stereotypes."
The organization said the song “perpetuates many harmful anti-trans stereotypes.”
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Franklin passed away in August 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Franklin passed away in August 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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The organization later clarified Follow-up tweets It wasn’t actually a parody account, but an attempt to “make the culture more fair for transgender individuals.”

At the time, Franklin’s song, “A Natural Woman,” was considered a powerful song with an inspirational message. She performed the hit in 2015 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, honoring the track’s writers, Gerry Goffin and Carole King.

Then-President Obama attended the event and shed tears.

Franklin died in August 2018 at the age of 76 after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.



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