Aretha Franklin faces backlash on 1968 song Natural Woman after 55 years.
LGBTQ groups have criticised Aretha Franklin's song A Natural Woman as being "offensive," with one group claiming that it contributes to the spread of damaging anti-trans stereotypes.
The emotional love ballad, which the late Queen of Soul released as a single back in 1967, is currently under fire despite preaching support for women and femininity in general.
The Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance (TCMA), an organization based in Norway that was founded earlier this year and has since made its presence known with a number of divisive statements on social media, is leading the push to have the song scrapped.
There is no such thing as a "natural" woman, according to the post, which many people took to be satire. Aretha Franklin's 1968 song "Natural Woman" fosters numerous negative anti-trans stereotypes, the post states, incorrectly identifying the song's September 1967 release date as 1968.
The group continued, "There is no such thing as a "natural" lady," before asserting that the song had already “helped inspire acts of harm against transgender women.”
The song should be "removed from Spotify & Apple Music," according to the TCMA.
The group's first-ever social media post went on to receive a widespread notice and collect more than 300,000 views in a matter of days.
However, the response to the post was only moderately positive in terms of likes; as of Monday, it had little over 100.