Carlos Santana has apologized for his “insensitive” comments about the trans community.
The 76-year-old musician faced criticism when a video of him making anti-transgender comments during a concert in New Jersey in July resurfaced on social media.
“When God made you and me, before we came out of the womb, you know who you are and what you are,” the guitarist is seen saying in the clip.
He continued: “Later on when you grow up, and you see things and you start believing that you could be something that sounds good but you know it ain’t right, because a woman is a woman and a man is a man — that’s it.”
“Whatever you wanna do in the closet, that’s your business, I’m okay with that,” Santana added, before referencing his friendship with his “brother Dave Chapelle,” who also faced criticism for anti-LGBTQ comments made in his 2021 Netflix comedy special “The Closer”.
The criticism Santana faced after the video went viral prompted him to release a statement on his Facebook page, where he wrote: “I am sorry for my insensitive comments. They don’t reflect that I want to honor and respect all person’s ideals and beliefs. I realize that what I said hurt people and that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to the transgender community and everyone I offended.
“Here is my personal goal that I strive to achieve every day,” he continued. “I want to honor and respect all person’s ideals and beliefs whether they are LGBTQ or not. This is the planet of free will and we have all been given this gift. I will now pursue this goal to be happy and have fun, and for everyone to believe what they want and follow in your hearts without fear. It takes courage to grow and glow in the light that you are and to be true, genuine, and authentic. We grow and learn to shine our light with love and compliments. Have a glorious existence. Peace.”
Carlos‘s comments came as politicians in several states have attempted to restrict trans Americans’ ability to seek gender-affirming medical treatments.
Over 400 bills having been introduced in state legislatures since the start of the year.
Carlos isn’t the only aging rocker to publicly offer anti-trans comments. In an interview with Stereogum, Alice Cooper called gender-affirming care “a fad” and claimed that discourse surrounding the trans community has “gone now to the point of absurdity.”
“I’m understanding that there are cases of transgender, but I’m afraid that it’s also a fad,” Alice said. “I find it wrong when you’ve got a six-year-old kid who has no idea. He just wants to play, and you’re confusing him telling him, ‘Yeah, you’re a boy, but you could be a girl if you want to be.'”
Cooper also echoed false claims proliferated by anti-trans politicians and activists online that kids these days are identifying as cats and using litter boxes.
“I think that’s so confusing to a kid. It’s even confusing to a teenager,” he said. “You’re still trying to find your identity, and yet here’s this thing going on, saying, ‘Yeah, but you can be anything you want. You can be a cat if you want to be.’ I mean, if you identify as a tree… And I’m going, ‘Come on! What are we in, a Kurt Vonnegut novel?’ It’s so absurd, that it’s gone now to the point of absurdity.”
Alice went on to repeat the false belief that transgender women pose a threat to cis women and girls in public restrooms.
“I can see somebody really taking advantage of this, though,” Cooper said. “A guy can walk into a woman’s bathroom at any time and just say, ‘I just feel like I’m a woman today’ and have the time of his life in there, and he’s not in the least bit… He’s just taking advantage of that situation. Well, that’s going to happen. Somebody’s going to get raped, and the guy’s going to say, ‘Well, I felt like a girl that day, and then I felt like a guy.’ Where do you draw this line?”
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has been criticized for describing gender-affirming care for kids as a “sad and dangerous fad” and TWISTED SISTER‘s Dee Snider was consequently dropped off of the lineup for San Francisco Pride for seemingly agreeing with Paul.
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