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A group of suspected activists in Norway calls for by Aretha Franklin hit the 1968 song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to be removed from Apple Music and Spotify after deeming its lyrics offensive.
The Cross-Cultural Mindfulness Alliance caught on Twitter last week to condemn the ballad, citing that it harmed transgender women.
“Aretha Franklin’s 1968 song ‘Natural Woman’ perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes,” the organization tweeted. “There is no ‘natural’ woman.”
The post continued, “The song has helped inspire acts of evil against transgender women. TCMA requests that it be removed from Spotify and Apple Music.
The Post has reached out to the representative for Franklin, Spotify and Apple Music for comment.
According to organization bio on the social media platform, they aim to promote “cultural shifts to ensure trans inclusiveness”.
Many Twitter users were outraged by the opinion of the queen of soul’s work and questioned the legitimacy of the claims.
“So someone heard the song and attacked trans people?” one person wrote in response. “What are some things that never happened for $400?”
Another wrote: “OMG get a life and stop trying to undo everything. How sad and pathetic life must be if THIS is a priority for you. It’s a beautiful song! GO GIRLS! @ArethaFranklin.
Someone else typed: “This is a great song and I’m going to listen to it right now because of this post. Thanks!”
Others were so taken aback that they actually thought the statement was from a parody account.
“That’s satire, isn’t it?” a surveyed user.
“This is clearly a travesty. Alright guys! Almost had me,” someone else chimed in.
The organization later clarified in a follow-up tweet that it was not, in fact, a parody account, but rather that they were trying to “make the culture more just for transgender people”.
At the time, Franklin’s song, “A Natural Woman”, was considered a powerful song and had an inspirational message. She even performed the hit at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in 2015, at a ceremony honoring the songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
President Obama at the time was there for show and shed a tear.
franklin deceased in August 2018 at age 76 after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.