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Gabourey Sidibe Jokes About 'Tranny on Tranny' Crime with Arsenio Hall: VIDEO


Actress Gabourey Sidibe is under fire for remarks she made in an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, the HuffPost reports. Sidibe was discussing New Orleans, where she lives, and joked about all the "tranny on tranny crime" she sees there.

Said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, to the HuffPost:

Using the word 'tranny' isn't OK anymore. Using it to make fun of people is definitely not OK. And using it to make fun of any kind of violence is just plain wrong. I know she meant it in fun but that's the problem in this case. It's not just that she used the word 'tranny' but that she's making fun of violence in a city where the police have a history of committing violence and discrimination against trans women of color. It's the kind of thing that trans people listen to and say, 'This is someone who is not thinking about our lives. This is someone who is making fun of our problems.' Gabby is someone who has approached lots of different social issues with grace and class and so this is just such a disappointment.

The HuffPost notes that "a recent study found that 'trans people across the U.S. experience three times as much police violence as non-transgender individuals" and that "even when transgender people were the victims of hate crimes, 48 percent reported receiving mistreatment from the police when they went for help'"


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  1. That poor girl is a train wreck, and when she opens her mouth it's even worse.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Feb 1, 2014 4:23:02 PM

  2. My tranny friends use the word all the time, so whatever.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Feb 1, 2014 4:27:10 PM

  3. Dear Ms. Keisling of the NCTE:

    Shut the F up.


    Everybody else.

    Posted by: jerrysf | Feb 1, 2014 4:42:45 PM

  4. transexuals attacking other transexuals doesn't happen? since when

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 1, 2014 4:50:11 PM

  5. Trannies.

    Posted by: litper | Feb 1, 2014 4:53:56 PM

  6. I was expecting a lot worse. She sounded like she was being ironic about how the police were invariably arresting transsexuals (trannies), leaving it implicit that in the French Quarter, there's always a lot more crime going on that whatever is happening between/among transsexuals. Sidibe most definitely did NOT say anything disparaging about transsexuals.

    This is just another case of an historically oppressed group becoming hyper-vigilant and over-aggressive about anyone outside their group saying...well, anything..about them. They try to put anyone/everyone on the defensive by accusing them of hate speech. Trouble is when you see it for yourself, you know it ain't hate speech.

    Keiling/NCTE owes Sidibe an apology.

    Posted by: Derrick From Philly | Feb 1, 2014 4:54:43 PM

  7. Every drag queen I have ever met uses the term...and I owned a gay bar for years, so that's quite a few. A few activists, looking for something to be offended at, decided a word was offensive, that doesn't make it so. I personally find the use of the non word "cis" by transgendered activists to be incredibly offensive, I will stop using tranny when they stop using cisgendered as a slur.

    Posted by: chris | Feb 1, 2014 4:58:00 PM

  8. Mara Keisling is simply not credible on the issue of offensive usage. In the summer of 2012, she wrote a HuffPo op-ed that basically defends the use of hate speech by members of specific groups. She even claimed that Transsexual folk had the "right" to use "tr*nny". Talk about double standards!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Feb 1, 2014 5:01:05 PM

  9. JOEY Y I completely agree with you.

    We are in a moment of flux and instead of succumbing to the medias hardon to make every statement that isn't quite "right" into a scandal is really to be resisted.

    We must teach when teaching is called for and stop with this shock and awe.

    Gabi is fantastic and if she is using language that is passe then we should be teaching.

    By the way, we all need a lesson as well cuz many of us still use the term Tranny.

    Posted by: raul5050 | Feb 1, 2014 5:07:44 PM

  10. "Tranny on Tranny" crime is not the issue that should be her concern. Her obesity is what is going to lead her to an early grave. In another year or so we will see EMT's making a hole in the side of her house, to get her out and to a hospital. Seriously girl, get control of yourself.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 1, 2014 5:13:29 PM

  11. I think Arsenio Hall would make a cute tranny.

    Posted by: Jamal49 | Feb 1, 2014 5:14:01 PM

  12. There's a difference between being a drag queen and being trans, though, Chris. Not all drag queens are transgender at all.

    Different trans women see the word tranny differently. Some get offended by it. Others use it the way some gay men use fag to describe themselves. That's from my experience. If Mara finds it offensive...she's entitled, I respect her feelings and the feelings of those who find it offensive. We're certainly not in any position to tell her she shouldn't be offended, we're not trans women.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 1, 2014 5:17:18 PM

  13. Towle, your constant pushing your tranny agenda on here has ruined the site.

    Posted by: niles | Feb 1, 2014 5:18:07 PM

  14. Tranny is like the "n-word"

    You hear it casually used AMONG LBGT folks...but those same folks wouldn't use the word around "outsiders"

    Posted by: Qj201 | Feb 1, 2014 5:18:38 PM

  15. I say "transgendered" instead of "tranny" because the latter is really a put-down of that entire group of people. Think about is. Is "tranny" ever used in a positive sense? No, it's just making a whole class of people to be sub-human. How's it any better than throwing around the word "faggot"?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 1, 2014 5:19:53 PM

  16. I love Gabby!

    Posted by: matt | Feb 1, 2014 5:25:12 PM

  17. @NILES: It's LGBT. Deal with it!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 1, 2014 5:33:04 PM

  18. If it is LGBT Andrew the the organisation this woman speaks for is homophobic.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 1, 2014 5:39:42 PM

  19. If it is LGBT Andrew the the organisation this woman speaks for is homophobic.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 1, 2014 5:39:42 PM

  20. If it is LGBT Andrew the the organisation this woman speaks for is homophobic.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 1, 2014 5:39:43 PM

  21. Andrew, no it should be LGB and T should be treated separately. Sexuality and gender identity are different issues. T can be LGB too.

    Posted by: litper | Feb 1, 2014 6:15:21 PM

  22. Using the word 'tranny' isn't OK anymore. Using it to make fun of people is definitely not OK."

    Except she didn't use it to make fun of anyone used it to abbreviate the length of the phrase. Activists who loose their shot over harmless instances like this do harm to their causes.

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 1, 2014 6:15:59 PM

  23. so much hypocrisy in these comments. Drag queens are not the same thing as transgendered people and just like gay men can call each other "fag" and straight people can't trans people can use tranny and others can't.

    for the record, Gabby has apologized several times and said she was unaware. I'm inclined by her multiple apologies to believe her.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 1, 2014 6:20:00 PM

  24. This is from the same bullies who called her fat??...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 1, 2014 6:21:32 PM

  25. It is true that "trans" people are much more likely than the general population to be victims of crime. It is also true that they are much more likely to commit crimes. This isn't all that surprising. When you have higher levels of psychological/emotional illness and drug/alcohol abuse, you will get increased involvement with crime, both as victim and perpetrator.

    Why are LGBs being linked to this troubled population? Transgender is an umbrella term which refers to a whole variety of people with various gender issues. The vast majority of these people are heterosexual.

    To say that LGBs, simply by virtue of being gay or bi, are linked with transsexuals, crossdressers, hermaphrodites, etc. is inherently homophobic. "LGBT" is a homophobic concept.

    Posted by: KidJ/NYU | Feb 1, 2014 6:26:49 PM

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