Jess Glynne has apologised after using a transphobic slur on The Mo Gilligan Podcast
‘I am ashamed that I was unaware of the potency of the T-slur until now’
CW: Discussion of transphobic language
Jess Glynne has apologised after using a transphobic slur during an interview in The Mo Gillian Podcast last week.
Whilst appearing on comedian Mo Gilligan’s podcast, she told a story about visiting a transgender strip club which she described as a “tr**** strip club thing.”
After receiving backlash online, the podcast has been removed from all official platforms. However, the clip of Jess has gone viral on social media and people are continuing to call her out over her use of the slur.
Yesterday Jess shared an apology on Instagram and said she is “wholeheartedly sorry”, adding “to be in the knowledge that I have negatively impacted the community through my own ignorance has ripped out a piece of my heart.”
She continued to say the language she used on the podcast was “unacceptable”, and “as someone that has always been immersed in the LGBTQ+ community, I have witnessed first hand the progress that has been made when it comes to language, I am ashamed that I was unaware of the potency of the T-slur until now.”
Jess also said: “I now understand how insulting it was to see a clip of me and Mo laughing at a story which I should have known better than to tell casually, thoughtlessly using a word that is a dehumanising, dangerous slur to so many. Today I have learnt something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
“I hope by using my platform to apologise I can also start the conversation and others may benefit from being educated by braver souls than myself, I know that with a platform of my size, I have a responsibility to host the voices of many, over the coming weeks and beyond, I will be lending my platforms to voices of the community and I look forward to continuing my education on these issues.”
Organisers of London Trans Pride have spoken out on Instagram about her comment after she tagged them in her apology post.
They said: “Jess Glynne you still have work to do, but you are going in the right direction. You have the power and reach to make this world a better place for trans people, to help improve the general quality of our lived experience and end these unfair prejudices. Well done for taking steps towards becoming a better trans ally. Love and solidarity, LTP”
Despite Jess being the person to use the T-slur, people on Twitter are picking up on the fact the podcast has still been edited and published on several official platforms before it was removed. One person on Twitter argued the podcast has no trans representation behind the team.
They said: “Thought this was an old video but it was posted days ago. Clearly no trans representation behind the team who create the podcast. No awareness of trans issues from Mo Gilligan. No awareness of trans issues from Jess Gylnne. Do better.”
The Tab has contacted representatives of Mo Gilligan for comment.
Feature image from @JessGlynne on Instagram.
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