Laverne Cox And Angelica Ross Schooled Cardi B After A Transphobic Meme Appeared On The Rapper's Facebook Page
"Black trans women are being killed because of jokes like this."
September 17, 2018 at 9:07 pm
Cardi B came under fire recently after an Ed Edd n Eddy meme with transphobic undertones was posted to her Facebook account on Sunday. “I hope nobody see this t****y leave my house,” read the caption, which included a transphobic slur.
According to Billboard, two prominent trans women in television decided to join the crowd enlightening Cardi B as to just why the meme isn't just unfunny, but is an extremely serious matter.
“I am a huge advocate for free speech, but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to make and share memes disparaging and demeaning trans folks, trans folks will continue to be murdered and denied civil rights," Cox tweeted on Sunday.
I am a huge advocate for free speech but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to make and share memes disparaging & demeaning trans folks, trans folks will continue to be murdered &denied civil rights. #TransIsBeautiful #transrightsarehumanrights— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) September 16, 2018
The Orange Is The New Black actress also linked to an ACLU blog post reporting the number of murders involving transgender and non-binary people have reached record highs in recent years. As Blavity recently reported, 20 trans people have been murdered so far this year.
Pose actress Angelica Ross also brought up a good point, noting that these "jokes" aren't jokes, but statements that stem from a very real hatred and bigotry people have against the trans community.
Black trans women are being killed because of jokes like this. These niggas are killing us to keep women like you @iamcardib from finding out. Cause you’ll make fun of their manhood. This is how you encourage toxic masculinity that only ends up hurting you too sis! Apologize. pic.twitter.com/eooxFrp85j— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) September 16, 2018
Cardi B took to Twitter and claimed the post was uploaded by a former team member. The rapper said she hasn't had personal access to the account for some time.
It's come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 16, 2018
Following Cardi's statement, Ross acknowledged her effort, and reiterated the importance of following up as a true ally by taking action.
I appreciate @iamcardib addressing the issue and taking responsibility like a boss. The next step is taking the opportunity to teach the entire industry why this shit is unacceptable and will not be tolerated any longer. THAT would be allyship in action. Cis solidarity sis. pic.twitter.com/Isweze6D3C— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) September 17, 2018
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