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Young Thug Under Fire for Misgendering Dwyane Wade's Daughter

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By Trace Alan Salzbrenner

Young Thug has shown his ignorance in a recent tweet directed at Dwyane Wade's daughter Zaya. The now-deleted tweet stated, "All I wanna say to dwade son is 'GOD DONT MAKE MISTAKES' but hey live your true self."

That's right, Thugger didn't just misgender a young girl but also undermined the identity of thousands of people in the world.

But, it also makes absolutely no sense whatsoever for Young Thug to think that way either from his previous comments he has made.

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Dwayne Wade posing for the camera.
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Dwyane Wade opened up about how his daughter is teaching him and his family about gender in an interview with Good Morning America. He stated, "Myself and my family, we love the fact that she doesn't have to hide who she is. She is our leader."

"Zaya started doing more research. She was the one that sat down with us as a family and said, 'Hey I don't think I'm gay.' And she went down the list and said this is how I identify myself -- I identify myself as a young lady. I think I'm a straight trans because I like boys,'" he explained.

Dwyane Wade and his family.
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He continued, "It was a process for us to sit down with our daughter and find out who she is and what she likes and not put something on her -- we decided to listen to her and she's leading us on this journey."

Wade seems to be taking the steps necessary to make sure his daughter has a happy and loving life, something that a lot of trans youth do not get and something Young Thug seems to not understand.

Young Thug posing for a picture.
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It makes it worse because Thugger fans seem to not care at all. It is times like these that rap music and its community rears their ugly heads of bigotry and misogyny that, while better in recent times, are still there.

Thugger should even know better than this. In a 2016 ad campaign with Calvin Klien, Young Thug stated that he didn't believe in gender. But, he must not truly grasp that concept with tweets like these under his belt.

Dwyane and Zaya on the court.
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At least there are people like Dwyane Wade doing his part to understand. "As I got older and as I watched my daughter grow I had to look at myself in the mirror and say 'who are you? What are you going to do if your child comes home and says dad, I'm not a boy -- what are you gonna do?' And that was my moment of real," he said in that Good Morning America interview. I hope that Thugger has his moment of real too.

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