Róisín Murphy breaks silence to promote album after trans pile-on

Moloko frontwoman Róisín Murphy breaks silence to start promoting her new album herself after ‘record label said they would do nothing to push the release’ amid trans activists row

  • The Irish singer, 50, is set to release her new album, Hit Parade, tomorrow

Róisín Murphy has broken her silence after a social media pile-on by trans activists following her comments about puberty blockers.

She returned to social media last night after the online onslaught which saw two of her gigs cancelled at short notice.

The Sing It Back songstress, 50, had issued a grovelling apology last week after a Twitter storm from users claiming to be LGBTQ+ allies.

She was barracked by activists after branded puberty blockers ‘f******’ on her private Facebook page and appearing to call trans children ‘little mixed-up kids’.

Her record label Ninja Tune was also reported to have ceased promotion on her new album, Hit Parade, which comes out tomorrow and has said it will donate all proceeds to trans-supporting charities.

But following a flood of support from women’s right campaigners who agree with her views she returned to Twitter last night to post a picture and promote it herself. It copied a pose in a picture of herself seen on the wall behind her.

Roisin – best known for her time in Moloko – wrote: ‘Two days to go before my album is OUT! The reviews are fantastic, I’m very proud of it. On Friday you will decide

‘To make sure you ever get your hands on one of these beauties, pre-order now.’

The singer, 50, returned to Twitter to promote her new album after the storm on social media

Róisín Murphy, pictured here at Connect Festival 2023, has been targeted by trans activists over comments she made on her private Facebook page calling puberty blockers ‘f*****’

Two shows featuring her in London this week to coincide with the launch of the album have been axed, with supporters branding it an example of cancel culture.

Murphy had been due to play two sets and take part in two signings at Rough Trade East in London tomorrow, but these have been cancelled at short notice with no reason given as to why.

READ MORE HERE: Lib Dem women’s group told they cannot have ‘toxic’ trans debate on puberty blocker drugs at party conference

It comes mid reports that her record label, Ninja Tune,stopped its public relations campaign for the record and would release it without promotion.

The independent label has not commented publicly so far on the row, but a source told the Toronto Star the label plans to give all proceeds from the album to organisations that combat transphobia.

British choreographer Rosie Kay lambasted the reports, writing on Twitter that the way Murphy was being treated was ‘appalling’. 

She wrote: ‘Róisín Murphy if you need support please let me know. There is an army of artists out here who support you and seek to end cancel culture. 

‘This is bad for audiences, bad for women, bad for children and deadening to the arts.’

MailOnline has contacted Ninja Tune and Rough Trade, and has attempted to reach out to Murphy, for comment.

The electropop singer was hounded after simply writing a comment from her private Facebook page expressing concern about children being given the drugs.

The Irish singer posted a grovelling apology on Twitter on Tuesday, saying: ‘I have been thrown into a very public discourse in an arena I’m uncomfortable in and deeply unsuitable for’

Murphy, pictured here performing in Milan, Italy, on July 16, said she was ‘so sorry my comments have been directly hurtful to many of you’

Murphy wrote: ‘Puberty blockers are f*****, absolutely desolate, big pharma laughing all the way to the bank.

‘Little mixed-up kids are vulnerable and need to be protected, that’s just true.

‘Please don’t call me a terf, please don’t keep using that word against women.’

READ MORE HERE: NHS England ‘draws up plans to allow children as young as seven to get transgender treatment’ after shut down Tavistock centre allowed kids aged three to start transitioning

Terf is an acronym meaning ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’, which has come to be regarded by some with gender-critical beliefs as a derogatory term. 

In Murphy’s lengthy apology she said she had not meant to offend anyone who may have disagreed with her.

The musician said: ‘I have been thrown into a very public discourse in an arena I’m uncomfortable in and deeply unsuitable for.

‘I cannot apologise enough for being the reason for this eruption of damaging and potentially dangerous social-media fire and brimstone.

‘To witness the ramifications of my actions and the divisions it has caused is heartbreaking.

‘I’ve had a personal Facebook account for years. The morning I made these comments I was scrolling and I brought up a specific issue that was only broadly related to the original post.’

She went on to say she had spent her whole life celebrating diversity and different views.

Murphy added she never deliberately aimed for any demographic or group or people for her music.

She continued: ‘I am so sorry my comments have been directly hurtful to many of you.

‘You must have felt a huge shock, blindsided by this so abruptly.

‘I understand fixed views are not helpful but I really hope people can understand my concern was out of love for all of us.’

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