Ginuwine has sparked controversy after he refused to kiss his fellow “Celebrity Big Brother UK” co-star India Willoughby.
The interaction began when Willoughby, who is a transgender broadcaster in the U.K., asked Ginuwine, a D.C. native, if he would date a transgender woman.
“I’m a woman, right,” Willoughby says. “Forget about any ‘t’s, or anything in front of it. So, on that score, you would date me, wouldn’t you?”
“Not if you told me you was trans,” Ginuwine replies.
“No, no, I’m not telling you I’m trans,” Willoughby says. “I’m a woman.”
“A woman? Yeah,” Ginuwine says.
Willoughby reaches in to kiss the singer who quickly pulls away.
The clip has divided social media as some people felt Ginuwine was being transphobic and close-minded.
Ginuwine discriminates against trans women, as do most cis men.
That was India’s point. #cbb
— 🍍Pineapple Jimmy (@TonyTheNarwhal) January 7, 2018
Irrespective of how nasty India is, (& she hates other trans ppl too), does Ginuwine know how much he’s insulted ALL trans women by saying he’d never date a trans woman. Also presumptuous & arrogant of him to assume we’d all be lining up to go out with him.
— Katie (@Katie97531200) January 7, 2018
The shit between India and Ginuwine IS transphobia & im tired of them saying that it isn’t. If you say you won’t date someone because they’re trans but you would date them if you didn’t know, IT IS TRANSPHOBIA.
— Kiera (@ForeverRawrrr)
Meanwhile, other people thought he has a right to his opinion and Willoughby was harassing the singer. Malika Haqq, who is also on “Celebrity Big Brother UK,” defended Ginuwine saying there’s nothing wrong with him choosing who he wants to date.
I completely agree with Malika, Ginuwine has the choice/right to date or not date whoever he wants, just as I’m sure he probably wouldn’t date Ann, would she storm off and be mad , no .. I feel that India is taking things as a personal attack .. and they aren’t ..
— Susan Nathan-Meloy (@SusanMeloy) January 7, 2018
That’s ridiculous. He’s entitled to his own sexual preferences and that doesn’t include transwomen but plenty more fish in the sea for India
— James Anderson (@JamesLeslie123) January 8, 2018
India asked Ginuwine if he’d date a trans woman and he simply said No – just like when India was asked if she’d date a woman and she said No
— Lee (@sunlessreign481) January 8, 2018
Ginuwine saying he wouldn’t date a trans woman is a preference not discrimination… plus he barely knows the woman, if you out here kissing random people then you got a problem
— Ashley (@ItsAshley____) January 8, 2018