Singer Ginuwine found himself in a bit of hot water recently for an egregious crime against humanity. So, what’d he do that was so awful? He refused a trans woman’s unsolicited advances. On live TV, no less! The horror!
Singer Ginuwine has sparked a heated debate on Twitter after a recent episode of Celebrity Big Brother UK. In the latest episode, Ginuwine seemingly rejected fellow housemate India Willoughby.
The controversy stems from a conversation between Willoughby and the “Pony” singer, in which she asked whether he would date a trans woman. “You would date me, yeah,” Willoughby, who is a trans woman herself, asked. “Not if you were trans,” Ginuwine replied. After Ginuwine replied that he would not date a trans woman, Willoughby attempted to plant a kiss on the singer. When her advance was rejected, Willoughby stormed off.
okay, so lemme get this right: Ginuwine is ASKED if he’d ever date a trans woman. He RESPONDS no. The trans woman asking then IGNORES both his stated preferences and his agency and TRIES TO KISS Ginuwine, which he rejects. and all this makes Ginuwine transphobic?
— RODNEY BLU (@RodneyBlu) January 9, 2018
This man is being raked over the coals because he didn't want to kiss another man on television. God help us. https://t.co/Rc1GfkLAKE
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) January 9, 2018
Some people are indeed accusing him of transphobia:
Ginuwine was transphobic and we can criticize him for that WHILE ALSO recognizing that nobody should be made to kiss anyone they don’t want to kiss. They’re not mutually exclusive.
— Helen Price (@HelenRPrice) January 9, 2018
if you have a sexual preference that discriminates against transgender men or transgender women, you are transphobic. this is a fact.#ginuwine
— LGBTQIA #LoveWins (@CityTerrorism) January 9, 2018
It’s one thing not wanting to kiss someone. It’s another if you would kiss them, but u don’t bc they’re trans. @Ginuwine you’re transphobic. I wish you nothing, but the worst and I hope this is the end of your 20+ years struggling career 🖕🏿
— pettywise (@chrisholmez) January 9, 2018
Clearly, that’s B.S.
Why is Ginuwine “under fire” for refusing a kiss from a trans woman? Isn’t the whole purpose of the #MeToo movement to fight for people’s right to say “No” to unwanted sexual advances? “No” means “No”.
— nuff (@nuffsaidNY) January 8, 2018
Since when are we requiring explanations for peoples' sexual boundaries? What happened to "No means no?" https://t.co/vlB90paRpX
— Kaeley Triller (@KaeleyT) January 8, 2018
I thought "no" meant no? pic.twitter.com/HGuV80FLuw
— Sweetened Beverage Recovery Fee (@jasonelevation) January 9, 2018