An activist group in Norway has recently requested the removal of Aretha Franklin’s iconic 1968 hit, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” from Apple Music and Spotify over its allegedly offensive lyrics.
Last week, the Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance took to Twitter to strongly criticize the ballad for inciting injury and harm against transgender women.
“Aretha Franklin’s 1968 song ‘Natural Woman’ perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes,” the organization wrote on Twitter. “There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ woman.”
The message added, “The song has helped inspire acts of harm against transgender women. TCMA is requesting it is removed from Spotify & Apple Music.”
Subsequently, the group maintained that their post was “satirical” in its nature when they reached out to The Post on Monday afternoon.
To make their intentions clear, the group recently adjusted their Twitter bio to read “PARODY/SATIRE.”
Aretha Franklin's 1968 song "Natural Woman" perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes.
There is no such thing as a "natural" woman.
This song has helped inspire acts of harm against transgender women.
TCMA is requesting it is removed from Spotify & Apple Music.
— TCMA: Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance (@TransMindful) January 20, 2023
As outlined in the organization’s profile on social media, their mission is to inspire and promote “cultural changes to ensure the inclusivity of trans individuals.”
Countless Twitter users were enraged by the opinion expressed about Aretha Franklin’s artwork, and challenged the veracity of these remarks.
“So, someone heard the song and attacked trans people?” one person said. “What are things that never happened for $400.”
Another said, “OMG Get a life & stop trying to cancel everything. How sad and pathetic one’s life must be if THIS is a priority to you. This is a GREAT song! YOU GO, GIRL! @ArethaFranklin.”
Another person wrote, “It’s a great song and I’m going to listen to it right now because of this post. Thanks!”
The statement was viewed as so absurd that some people assumed it originated from a spoof account.
“This is satire, right?” one person asked.
“Clearly this is a parody. Good one guys! Almost got me,” another added.
Through a subsequent tweet, the organization clarified that they were not spoofing but merely attempting to raise awareness about their objective to “make culture more fair for transgender individuals.”
Franklin’s iconic track, “A Natural Woman,” was celebrated as an anthem of strength and grace upon its release. Even four decades later, her performance at the Kennedy Center in 2015 paid tribute to its writers Gerry Goffin and Carole King still resonates with many listeners today.
As President Obama watched the performance, he was visibly moved to tears.
Franklin tragically succumbed to advanced pancreatic cancer in August 2018 at the age of 76.