Among those offering a more imprudent reaction was iconic producer Timbaland. The hitmaker took to Facebook to post a meme that said, “HIS MOMMA NAMED HIM BRUCE, IMMA CALL HIM BRUCE.”
The post was immediately labeled as “transphobic,” but Timbaland explains that the meme was a direct reference to the 1988 movie, Coming to America. During the film, Arsenio Hall’s character talks about boxer Cassius Clay changing his name to Muhammad Ali: “His momma call him Clay, I’mma call him Clay.”
Shortly after posting the meme, Timbaland took to Twitter to explain and clarify its meaning.