‘Empire’ Star Serayah Accused of Making Transphobic Remarks About Dwyane Wade’s Daughter, Zaya

by Jeremy Spirogis
Serayah in 2019

In the previous a number of days, a number of celebrities have been closely criticized for making unwarranted feedback about Dwyane Wade‘s daughter, Zaya, who not too long ago got here out as transgender. Empire actress Serayah is the most recent movie star to do that, and the backlash from followers has been swift.

Serayah in 2019
Serayah in 2019 | Dia Dipasupil/amfAR/Getty Images)

Who is Serayah?

Serayah McNeil, recognized largely by her first identify, Serayah, is an actress, singer, and dancer.

She’s had two fundamental roles in her profession so far: Tiana on Empire and Angel within the Netflix movie, Burning Sands. She has been on Empire since 2015 up by means of its present and ultimate season. She was solid within the function after Ryan Destiny was unable to take it.

Serayah has additionally put out a number of songs exterior of Empire, together with the 2018 EP, Lucky Girl.

What Serayah mentioned about Zaya Wade

Serayah posted on her Instagram tales and determined to provide her two cents on Dwyane Wade’s 12-year-old daughter popping out as transgender.

She mentioned Zaya’s determination was “premature,” explaining, “I don’t care if you’re a boy or a girl, for me, there are things to worry about.”

Serayah mentioned dad and mom ought to ask their youngsters, What do you need to do in life? Do you need to take part in an exercise? OK, let’s allow you to undergo this, let’s speak about that.”

The actress continued, “I am accepting that my son is homosexual, it is fine, but there are many other things in society that pressure children and parents to be a certain way.” She mentioned society ought to “regain the reins” and inform children, “let’s wait for you to grow a little, and this is exactly what you want to be and do for the rest of your life.”

Serayah is the most recent movie star to insinuate that Zaya goes by means of some form of process, which has not been mentioned in any respect. “Let’s not jump to a life-changing decision that can never be undone. That is really serious,” mentioned the actress, saying she knew individuals in highschool that made sure selections and “experienced.” She mentioned, “Then boom, I thought they were … that was something they were going through…they are a child, your brain is still developing.”

Fans slam Serayah for her feedback concerning the scenario

People on social media have known as out the Empire star, calling her feedback homophobic and transphobic. Many have additionally mentioned that the actress is complicated sexuality with gender.

“Says the person with not one d*mn child. You don’t know what you would do if you child came to you with this issue. And nobody asked for her opinion,” commented somebody on Instagram.

One person tweeted, “IDENTIFYING as trans doesn’t mean she’s making any physical changes. What decision have they made that’s permanently ‘LIFE CHANGING’ as of yet?! Please, STFU. @Serayah”

“The ignorance of it all that @Serayah is conflating the trans experience with being gay. Yet again, someone who needs a crash course on sexuality & gender studies. I wish people would search within themselves and realize their discomfort is simply homo/transphobia. #projecting,” tweeted someone else.

Pose star Angelica Ross tweeted, “Have drafted this 12 times…I’m tired, and I’m sorry I just can’t with you girls. I CAN’T! Bless her heart is all imma say. And I mean that. But from here on out IGNORE THESE GIRLS! Just unfollow & stop paying attention. It’s been a wrap for sis anyway. #PoseFX”

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