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People Are Calling Out Ipsy For A Video Saying Cis Women Are "Authentic"

The beauty box company said it made a mistake posting the Pride Month video.

Posted on June 4, 2018, at 3:19 p.m. ET

Ipsy has apologized for posting a video for Pride Month that mentions transgender women and "authentic cisgendered women."

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The video was posted by the subscription beauty box company to celebrate Pride Month and featured seven LGBT creators, including a trans woman.

In the video, the participants talk about their own identities and experiences with coming out.

One of them, beauty vlogger Cassandra Bankson, talks about her attraction to women but seems to draw a distinction between cis and trans women.

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"I'm attracted to women, and there’s definitely a spectrum between trans women, between authentic cisgender women, and everything in between," says Bankson in the video.

Ipsy has taken down the video, but people have saved and shared a clip of Banksom speaking.

so ipsy posted a video FOR PRIDE that refers to the "spectrum" between trans women & "authentic cisgender women." treat yrself this june by unsubscribing from their bland terf makeup bags to something like sephora play https://t.co/zoWUzo16eA

The message people are taking away is that only cis women are "authentic" women, which has caused a huge backlash on social media.

So @Ipsy @ipsycare posted a transmisogynistic video for pride month referring to trans women and "authentic cisgendered women" and now they are deleting fb comments from trans folk calling them out on it. An even worse look than your beige as fuck makeup, Ipsy.

People are accusing Ipsy of trying to "cash in" on Pride while disrespecting the community.

@ipsy "trans women aren't authentic women" okay but while you're trying to cash in on pride, maybe remember that pride was STARTED by Martha P Johnson, a black trans women. Remember that this movement wouldn't have been possible without the labor of this woman daring to BE authentic.

"If you'd actually consulted trans people to make this video, rather than blindly cashing in on what you THINK is a good #Pride moment, you could have avoided this."

@ipsy Trans women ARE authentic women, @ipsy. If you'd actually consulted trans people to make this video, rather than blindly cashing in on what you THINK is a good #Pride moment, you could have avoided this. Shocked to see you're doubling down on the error.

"We really messed up," Ipsy's CEO, Marcelo Camberos, told BuzzFeed News.

"We messed up in two ways: The primary way was we didn’t catch a comment from Cassandra where she basically implied that transgender women aren’t authentic," he said. "That was a big oversight and a big mistake."

He said despite having a diverse staff, the offensive comment wasn't flagged before publishing.

The second mistake, he said, was initially hiding and deleting comments on Facebook from upset viewers. They're now replying to individual comments.

The company posted a “truly heartfelt” apology on social media, but Camberos said he knows it's “not enough.”

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"One of the things that I’m realizing is there’s a lot to learn. I have a lot to learn," he said.

"With the transgender community, the thing that’s really important to keep in mind is how vulnerable it is and the high levels of suicide and the high levels of violence against them. And that’s what made that comment particularly hurtful."

Ipsy has been accused of "pinkwashing" — or cashing in on Pride sentiment while not actually supporting the LGBT community. But Camberos said the video wasn't just a calculation.

"It’s really our mission to provide a safe space," he said.

He said supporting diverse communities is at the core of Ispy's mission and the company has been featuring queer and trans influencers since its beginning.

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They're now collecting suggestions for improvement and reconciliation being left by commenters — 200 and counting, he said

"We’re going to do what we can to make it better and not shy away from reengaging," he said.

As for Bankson, she posted a video on her Facebook page apologizing for what she said, adding it wasn't her intention to say trans women aren't "authentic."

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"I want to make it as clear as I can that I do not believe that cis women are more authentic than trans women, or that trans women are in any way inferior," she said in the comments.

"Although I can apologize to you (and I do), I truly want to work towards learning from my mistakes, demonstrating and proving my respect for trans women and regaining any trust and respect I may have lost due to my actions and opening the conversation for education and change."

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