*Black folks are not here for Malik Yoba outing other Black celebrities who also (allegedly) have a thing for transgender women.
Yoba rocked social media a few weeks ago when he confessed to being “trans attracted” and his baby mama later revealed that he’s also in a relationship with a male-to-female woman. In between all that tea, some random chick hit up social and dropped yet another bombshell by claiming Yoba paid her for underage sex when she was a trans teen. The actor has denied her claims.
During an interview with The Breakfast Club, Malik addressed his gender bender-loving comments, and the shaming associated with dating trans women. The “Empire” actor cited celebrities who have been rumored to be trans-attracted, such as Eddie Murphy, Teddy Pendergrass, and Mister Cee — and people aren’t happy that he put their alleged personal affairs back in the spotlight.
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Someone said Janet Jackson been told us about Malik Yoba pic.twitter.com/1MYx0nqP3U
— Rose. follback? (@roseavnna) September 12, 2019
Revisiting Yoba’s original announcement — in case you missed it, he said:
“I love ALL women AND count MYSELF among those that find themselves trans attracted and I too have felt the self imposed shame that comes with that truth but it’s time to speak up,” he captioned the now infamous viral video of a group of Black males bullying Maurice “Reese” Willoughby over his preference for male-to-female trans women. “It is NOT about GENITALIA OR SEX but about attraction to the soul and humanity of an individual,” he wrote on Instagram.
Adding: “ATTENTION BLACK AND ALL MEN!!! THIS IS NOT OK!!!!! This video is another heartbreaking example of the homophobia, transphobia hatred and hypocrisy WE as black folks, BLACK MEN in particular have to NAME, FACE and CALL OUT and do the work to heal!!!”
Days after his post, Yoba hit up The Breakfast Club, where the hosts asked about his revealing comments and support of the LGBTQ+ community.
“Is this considered coming out?” host Charlamagne tha God asked.
“It’s stepping up,” Yoga replied. “When people want to shame Mister Cee, or they want to shame Eddie Murphy, or they want to shame Teddy Pendergrass, or they want to shame folk because of their association with folks, I just felt like, ‘Who else is gon’ be willing to put a target on their back?’”
As reported by cheatsheet.com, Yoga was referencing the time Mister Cee was exposed in 2013 for allegedly paying transgender prostitutes for oral sex. Murphy was caught riding around with a transgender prostitute in 1997. And at the height of Pendergrass’ career in 1982, he got into a highly-publicized car accident with a transgender woman.
Listeners immediately took to social media to criticize Yoba for mentioning these years-old incidents.
One critic said, “Eddie Murphy somewhere minding his business then boom Malik Yoba like Eddie Murphy like transwomen too don’t forget about him.”
You can watch Malik’s full interview via the clip above.