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An alleged activist group in Norway is calling for Aretha Franklin’s 1968 hit song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to be removed from both Apple Music and Spotify after finding the lyrics offensive.
The Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance went to Twitter last week to condemn the ballad, citing that it has done harm to transgender women.
“Aretha Franklin’s 1968 song ‘Natural Woman’ perpetuates multiple harmful anti-trans stereotypes,” the organization tweeted. “There is no such thing as a ‘natural’ woman.”
The post continued: “The song has contributed to inciting violent action against transgender women. TCMA Requests Removal of Spotify and Apple Music.”
The Post has reached out to Franklin, Spotify and Apple Music’s representative for comment.
According to the organization biography on the social media platform, they want to “promote cultural change to ensure the inclusiveness of trans people.”
Many Twitter users expressed outrage at 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 things that never happened for $400.”
Another wrote: “OMG Get a life and stop trying to cancel everything. How sad and pathetic someone’s life must be if THIS is a priority for you. This is an AMAZING song! YOU GO, GIRL! @ArethaFranklin.”
Someone else typed: “It’s a great song and I’m going to listen to it now because of this post. Thank you!”
Others were so surprised that they thought the statement came from a parody account.
“This is satire, right?” one user wondered.
“This is clearly a parody. Good guys! I almost got me,’ someone else said.
The organization later clarified in a follow up tweet that they weren’t in fact a parody account, but that they were trying to “make the culture fairer 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, D.C., in 2015, at a ceremony honoring the song’s writers, Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
Then-President Obama was there for the performance and shed a tear.
Franklin passed away in August 2018 at the age of 76 after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.