Emma Roberts, the star of ‘American Horror Story’, has been accused of making a transphobic comment to her co-star Angelica Ross, who is a transgender woman. Ross shared the incident on social media, saying that Roberts misgendered her while they were filming a scene for the show’s ninth season, ‘1984’, in 2019.
According to Ross, Roberts said to her, “Don’t you mean lady?” after the director called them “ladies”. Ross said that she felt hurt and angry by Roberts’s remark, which implied that she was not a woman. Ross said that she did not confront Roberts at the time, because she feared the repercussions of speaking up.
How did Roberts respond?
Ross said that Roberts called her and apologized for her behavior, recognizing that it was not that of an ally. Ross thanked Roberts for reaching out to her and said that she would leave the line open for further dialogue and collaboration on social justice causes.
Ross also said that she was inspired by the novel ‘The Other Black Girl’ by Zakiya Dalila Harris, which deals with the issues of racism and microaggressions in the workplace. Ross said that she wanted to share her story to raise awareness and educate people about the challenges faced by transgender people in the entertainment industry and beyond.
What was the reaction?
The controversy sparked a lot of reactions on social media, with many people expressing their support for Ross and calling out Roberts for her transphobia. Some fans of ‘American Horror Story’ said that they were disappointed and disgusted by Roberts’s comment, while others said that they appreciated her apology and hoped that she would learn from her mistake.
Some transgender activists and celebrities also commented on the situation, praising Ross for her courage and resilience. Laverne Cox, a fellow transgender actress who starred in ‘Orange Is the New Black’, said that she was proud of Ross for speaking her truth and standing up for herself. Cox also said that she hoped that Roberts would use her platform to amplify the voices of transgender people and advocate for their rights.
What is the context?
This is not the first time that Roberts has been involved in a controversy related to ‘American Horror Story’. In 2013, she was arrested for domestic violence after allegedly biting and hitting her then-boyfriend Evan Peters, who was also her co-star on the show. The couple later reconciled and got engaged, but broke up in 2019.
Ross, on the other hand, has been a trailblazer for transgender representation in Hollywood. She is best known for her roles in ‘Pose’ and ‘Claws’, which feature diverse and complex characters from the LGBTQ+ community. She is also the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that provides training and employment opportunities for transgender people in the tech industry.