Singer Ginuwine faced accusations of being transphobic after he spurned the advances of a transgender woman on Big Brother UK.
His co-star, India Willoughby, complained on the show that she was a woman and that therefore Ginuwine should be willing to date her.
“I’m a woman, right,” said Willoughby. “Forget about any ‘t’s, or anything in front of it. So, on that score, you would date me, wouldn’t you?”
“Not if you told me you was trans,” Ginuwine admitted.
“No, no, I’m not telling you I’m trans,” Willoughby said. “I’m a woman.”
“A woman? Yeah,” Ginuwine conceded.
Willoughby then grabbed his neck and went in for a kiss, and in an awkward moment, Ginuwine pulled away.
This prompted several people online to accuse Ginuwine of being transphobic, but Black Twitter rushed to his defense, pointing out that he should be allowed to date and kiss whoever he wants.
The argument went back and forth. Some considered Ginuwine transphobic for excluding transgender women from his dating pool. Others pointed out the double standard of calling out unwanted advances in Hollywood men but allowing it from Willoughby because she is transgender.
Check out some of the Twitter comments below and let us know where you stand on this issue. Was this transphobic or not?
— A.Pegasus ? (@MissAP) January 8, 2018
RE: the whole trans convo on CBB, I sympathise with India's point about how hard it is dating as a trans person & the stigma attached.
But I feel like Ginuwine was unfairly put on the spot and almost *assumed* to be transphobic as a black man.
— Ruqaiya (@ruqaiya_h) January 8, 2018
Multiple Hollywood elites were called out for forcing themselves on peoples in a sexual manner. It interesting now that the same peoples dragging Harvey Weinstein are now mad at ginuwine for not kissing somebody he did not feel comfortable kissing.??? #Ginuwine pic.twitter.com/rZ8f2iRyMd
— Elisabeth Andrea (@balemaken1) January 8, 2018