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Transgender activists demand international ban on Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Natural Woman’

Aretha Franklin performs at the House of Blues, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Shea Walsh) Shea Walsh/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Transgender activists demand international ban on Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Natural Woman’

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A transgender activist group is demanding that Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” be taken off major streaming services because it is offensive and inspires violence.

“Aretha Franklin’s 1968 song ‘Natural Woman’ perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes,” the Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance, an activist group based in Norway, said in a statement on Twitter.

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“There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ woman,” the statement said. “This song has helped inspire acts of harm against transgender women. TCMA is requesting it is removed from Spotify & Apple Music.”

Franklin, adored by many fans as the “Queen of Soul,” released “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” as a single in September 1967.

It flew to eighth on the Billboard Hot 100, and after her death, it appeared on the United Kingdom’s singles chart at No. 79.

It has been covered by the likes of Celine Dion and Mary J. Blige.

The notion that it carries an anti-transgender message did not sit well on social media.

“Can you prove ONE case of harm brought to a trans ‘woman’ because of the beautiful song, #NaturalWoman,” one Twitter user shot back at the activist group. “Of course you can’t, but I can prove you’re desperate and delusional for this lame attempt at a media stunt. #SitDown”

“I am once again begging @elonmusk to give us a parody or real button,” one user tweeted at the TCMA.

“I can’t tell if this is satire, that’s where we are now,” another user posted.

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“Lol.. there is actually such a thing as a natural woman,” one user commented. “They make up half of the population and i love them very much.. so don’t disrespect them like that plz.”

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