“Rolling In The Deep” singer Adele got heat online for saying that she loves being a woman at a gender-neutral awards show.
Adele enraged fans while accepting “Artist of the Year,” a new gender-neutral category that the Brit Awards created this year, after deliberately eliminating the Best Male and Best Female Artist categories last year.
“I understand why the name of this award has changed but I really love being a woman and being a female artist. I do!” she said in her acceptance speech. “I’m really proud of us, I really, really am.”
The shoutout to her gender earned Adele accusations of being transphobe and a TERF, an acronym for “trans-exclusionary radical feminism,” by internet critics.
“Please, no, ADELE can’t be a TERF,” wrote one person.
“Who’d have thought Adele was a transphobe and would use her platform to call for the destruction of the trans community. Especially the confused teenagers,” a social media named Puumph! tweeted to enraged responses.
“The last time I checked she is a woman. What is wrong with her celebrating and being proud of that FACT? I’m proud I’m woman…….hear me roar,” a responder commented.
“She did no such thing and you desperately need help. There is nothing wrong with being proud if being a woman. I feel so bad for people like you,” another snarked back. “I can’t imagine what it’s like to be so miserable. I’ll pray for you.”
“Is this a joke?” One person questioned, to which the original tweeter replied, “To me, yes, but many will be pretending that she is advocating literal violence against one of the most marginalised communities – some men.”
Twitter user Puumph! was clearly overwhelmed by raging Adele fans, and quickly walked back their earlier statement.
“Obviously Adele stating that she ‘really loves being a woman’ does not make her Transphobic,” they wrote in the comments. “Nor does it give people an excuse to use the thinly veiled slur ‘Terf’ against her or any woman standing for biological reality.”