David Boyd and Kathy Jordan, the creators of “ba se,” a song that includes lyrics about transgender women, have been accused of discrimination in an award-winning video that has gone viral.
The video, “Mya Singing: The Story of a Transgender Woman” has garnered more than 12 million views on YouTube.
Boyd is the voice of a transgender woman, and Jordan, who is transgender, sings.
In the video, Jordan asks Boyd, “What does ‘mya’ mean?”
Boyd responds, “You know, mya means somebody that loves me and wants me to love myself.”
The singer and actress, who are both transgender, add, “And then I thought, what does ‘son’ mean?
It’s kind of an awkward answer.”
The video was filmed at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), an organization that aims to provide positive, educational experiences for transgender youth.
“I’m really honored that this video was nominated for an award and I am proud that my video has been able to reach people, including many children, that have been really affected by the video,” Jordan said in a statement.
“This video is a great reminder that we can be as open as we are and that we are all loved.
I love the word ‘son,’ and I want to honor all the love that I have for my son, and I love that he loves me, too.”
The NGLTF said the group will investigate “the allegations made against Ms. Jordan” and will not discuss specific allegations, according to ABC News.
Boyds family said in an interview with BuzzFeed News that the video was an honest attempt to share a story of transgender inclusion, and that the controversy was unnecessary.
“We were not trying to cause anyone any harm,” Jordan told BuzzFeed News.
“In fact, we wanted to be able to show people that we’re really proud of who we are, and how we want to live our lives.”
“My name is Kathy Jordan and I’m a transgender boy,” Boyds father, Bruce Boyds, told BuzzFeed.
“My mom was a trans woman and my mom was transgender.”
Jordan said she and her father have “been fighting this for a long time” and are grateful that the song “became an instant hit.”
Boyds’ father said he was “disgusted” to hear about the incident and has decided to sue Jordan, according the Associated Press.
The “My a-son” song was made by Boyds and Jordan in response to the backlash that followed a 2013 episode of “Orange Is the New Black,” which featured a transgender character.
A video of the “My A-son,” released in October 2017, featured a voiceover that said, “There’s nothing wrong with you being who you are.
You’re a beautiful boy.”
“Ba Sing,” a film that premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, also included a transgender person, a gay man, and a transgender man, according Entertainment Weekly.
Jordan has previously spoken out against anti-transgender discrimination in the film industry, telling Buzzfeed News in 2014 that she did not think she was a “typical Hollywood star.”
Jordan and Boyds were nominated for the 2017 Oscar for best documentary.
Jordan and her husband, Adam Boyds Jr., have also starred in “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and have had roles in “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.”
Jordan told Buzzfeed in an email that the “my-a-son-is-so-different” video is about being transgender and does not reflect Boyds or Jordan’s actual views.
“Kathy Jordan, my father, and Adam Boyd Jr. were both actors in this film and were not transgender,” Jordan wrote.
“It is our understanding that they did not feel the need to alter their performances in the video to make it appear like their views are in any way different than the video’s creators.”
“It’s about time that Hollywood took a stand against this kind of discrimination and discrimination of this kind,” Boyd said in his own statement.
Jordan said the two had a good working relationship, but that they are still friends.
“When I first heard of this incident, I thought it was a terrible mistake,” Jordan, 25, told The New York Times.
“But when I saw that my father and mother are very supportive, I think it’s great to see.”