Almost 55 years after its original release, her iconic track ‘A Natural Woman’ Aretha Franklin it was requested to be removed from online platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
The song that has been a bastion of female femininity is now considered “offensive” by one group LGBT activists in Norway, the Trans-Cultural Mindfulness Alliance (TCMA) which claims to “perpetuate stereotypes against trans“.
“Aretha Franklin’s 1968 song ‘Natural Woman’ perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes,” the post says, misquoting the September 1967 release of the song as 1968. “There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ woman.” ,” the organization continues, before claiming that the song has already “helped inspire acts that harm transgender women.” TCMA is calling for the song to be “removed from Spotify & Apple Music.”
Aretha Franklin’s 1968 song “Natural Woman” perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes.
There is no such thing as a “natural” woman.
This song has helped inspire acts of harm against transgender women.
TCMA is requesting it be removed from Spotify & Apple Music.
— TCMA: Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance (@TransMindful) January 20, 2023
Social media users were quick to question whether the account, which was launched just a few days ago, was satirical or not. To quickly get the answer that TCMA is not a parody organization but “a group of trans people looking to make the culture fairer for trans people” and that “we are based in Norway but we are looking to open a branch in every European country and in North America”.
Founded in January 2023, the organization is made up exclusively of transgender people. It promotes cultural changes to ensure the inclusion of transgender people. “Our mission is to advance the culture and remove harmful anti-trans associations in music, film and television,” TCMA explained. “Awareness of the transgender population is our only priority.”
However, after initial denials, the group claimed to the New York Post that their original post was indeed “satirical”.
The group also updated their Twitter bio to now read “PARODY/SATIRE”.
Natural Woman was released in 1967. It quickly became one of Aretha Franklin’s signature songs. A week after Aretha Franklin died of advanced pancreatic cancer in 2018 at the age of 76, the iconic single made UK singles chart history and became a hit almost 51 years on at #79.
Aretha Franklin’s performance at the Kennedy Center in 2015 brought then US President Barack Obama to tears.
Among those who have performed variations of the song are Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Carole King and Ariana Grande.
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