Moloko frontwoman Róisín Murphy’s fans fight back against trans lobby attacks that saw two gigs axed and her record label ‘stop promotion’
- The Irish singer, 50, is set to release her new album, Hit Parade, on September 8
Fans of popstar Róisín Murphy have fought back against attacks on the Irish singer from the trans activists after her comments about puberty blockers.
The former Moloko frontwoman will release a new album titled Hit Parade next week, but her record label has reportedly halted all promotion on the record and it is claimed plans to give all proceeds to trans-supporting charities.
The 50-year-old was subjected to a social media pile-on from Twitter users claiming to be LGBTQ+ allies after posts from her private Facebook showed she branded puberty blockers ‘f*****’ and appeared to call trans children ‘little mixed-up kids’.
Two shows featuring the artist which were due to take place on Friday, September 8 – the same day her album is being released – have since been cancelled at short notice with no explanation given.
Now the Sing It Back vocalist’s fans have vowed to support her by buying the new album when it is released as they fight back against her apparent cancellation.
Fans took to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, to show their solidarity with the singer.
One user wrote: ‘I’ve ordered a couple of Róisín Murphy’s earlier albums released on other labels. I’ll await developments regarding the new one.’
Another said: ‘DON’T buy anything on @ninjatune. Buy her older stuff. They can whistle for royalties!’
What is Rough Trade Records?
Rough Trade Records grew out of the Rough Trade Record Shop which opened during the mid seventies in Ladbroke Grove, west London.
Still based in Ladbroke Grove, they now have offices worldwide, such as in New York.
Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee formed a partnership in 1999 and took over the label together.
They have released or are in the process of releasing music with artists such as Alabama Shakes, Anohni, Warpaint, Goat Girl and Dean Blunt.
A third penned: ‘What’s the best way to buy @roisinmurphy’s music so that she gets maximum money? Is it Bandcamp?’
A fourth commented: ‘This may not even be my kind of music. But I really want to buy her album now.’
Another user wrote: ‘Think I’ll buy the new @roisinmurphy album because… Well just because. #IStandWithRoisinMurphy’
Murphy had been due to play two acoustic shows and take part in two signings at Rough Trade East in London on Friday, September 8, but these have been cancelled at short notice with no reason given as to why.
It comes mid reports that her record label, Ninja Tune, will stop its public relations campaign for her new album and will 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.’
Rough Trade did not respond to multiple phone calls and an email request for comment. Ninja Tune did not respond to a request for comment. MailOnline has attempted to contact Róisín Murphy’s representatives 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.
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.’
Terf is a derogatory slang term used by the trans lobby to insult people who do not align with their own views. It means Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist.
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.’