AFTER a blunder on American talk show The Arsenio Hall Show, American Horror Story: Coven actress Gabourey Sidibe has made a public apology for repeatedly using the word “tranny” when describing the arrest of trans people in New Orleans out the front of a club she frequented.

The transcript from the segment went as follows:

Gabourey Sidibe: There was a bar that we would frequent and every time we’d go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies.

Audience: [Laughter]

Sidibe: Specifically trannies.

Arsenio Hall: Yeah…

Sidibe: And I don’t know what goes on with trannies but that tranny on tranny crime needs to stop.

Arsenio Hall and audience: [Laughter]

Sidibe [chuckling]: It is tearing our nation apart.

The term “tranny”, once an abbreviation to describe a transgender or transexual person, is now widely considered an offensive slur.

Addressing the televised interview via Twitter, Sidibe has since apologised, claiming that she did not know it was considered a slur.

 

 

h/t: Huffington Post

 

 

 

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