By Glennisha Morgan

Actress Gabourey Sidibe recently visited the “Arsenio Hall Show” and used a transphobic slur repeatedly, while discussing her experience living in New Orleans.

The award-winning actress best known for her roles in “Precious” and “American Horror Story: Coven” said “tranny” no less than five times in under a minute during the interview with Hall, according to the Huffington Post.

“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,” she said. “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!”

It seems as if Sidibe tried to humorously express her experience, not knowing that the criminalization of the trans community is a serious problem and that using the word “tranny” can be offensive.

On February 1, Sidibe took to Twitter to apologize for the incident.

Hopefully, this experience can be used as a teaching tool.

Glennisha Morgan serves as ELIXHER’s Entertainment Editor. She is the founder of The Fembassy (a blog site that is solely dedicated to women MCs), a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. During her career she has interviewed people like Russell Simmons, La La Anthony, MC Lyte, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.’

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