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Gabourey Sidibe sorry for saying “tranny” five times while telling a story to Arsenio Hall

Gabourey Sidibe says she did not know the world ‘tranny’ is a slur and has apologized for using it repeatedly during a recent appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show.

The actress, nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film Precious, came under fire for an anecdote she told about being in New Orleans filming the FX series American Horror Story: Coven.

She told Arsenio during a January 23 telecast: “There was a bar that we would frequent and every time we’d go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies – specifically trannies. And I don’t know what goes on with trannies but that tranny on tranny crime needs to stop! It is tearing our nation apart!”

Sidibe laughed as she told the story as did the audience and Arsenio.

But it’s not a laughing matter to Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality who explained that it is never OK to use the word ‘tranny’ anymore.

‘I know she meant it in fun but that’s the problem in this case,’ Keisling tells Huffington Post. ‘It’s not just that she used the word “tranny” but that she’s making fun of violence in a city where the police have a history of committing violence and discrimination against trans women of color.’

‘It’s the kind of thing that trans people listen to and say, “This is someone who is not thinking about our lives. This is someone who is making fun of our problems,”‘ Keisling adds. ‘Gabby is someone who has approached lots of different social issues with grace and class and so this is just such a disappointment.’

Sidibe took to Twitter to say she is sorry.

‘I’ve apologized several times for using the word “Tranny,”‘ she tweeted. ‘I don’t realize that it was a slur. I’m very sorry for my poor choice of words.’

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  1. When did tranny become a slur word?

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