Gabourey Sidibe, star of American Horror Story: Coven, didn't exactly bewitch viewers of her appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show who were offended by her use of the transphobic slur "tranny."

The 30-year-old actress used the word again and again as she related an anecdote from her time filming AHS in New Orleans, referring to the alleged profiling of, and violence toward transgender women by the New Orleans Police Department — which, as the Huffington Post notes, is such a major issue that the Department of Justice launched an investigation.

"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," Gabourey said. "Specifically trannies. 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!"

In response to Gabourey's comments, National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling gave a statement to the Huffington Post. "Using the word 'tranny' isn't OK anymore," Mara writes. "Using it to make fun of people is definitely not OK. And using it to make fun of any kind of violence is just plain wrong. I know she meant it in fun, but that's the problem in this case. It's not just that she used the word 'tranny' but that she's making fun of violence in a city where the police have a history of committing violence and discrimination against trans women of color."

On February 1, Gabourey apologized via Twitter: "I've apologized several times for using the word 'tranny.' I [didn't] realize that it was a slur. I'm very sorry for my poor choice of words. I'm also sorry for having made light of a bad situation. It was not my intention.

Source: Huffington Post, GLAAD

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