Carlos Santana is speaking out about the transgender community.
The 10-time Grammy winner is making headlines after a video surfaced of him saying during a recent concert in New Jersey that trans people "ain't right."
In the viral clip, the legendary musician says, "When God made you and me, before we came out of the womb, you know who you are and what you are. Later on, when you grow out of it, you see things, and you start believing that you could be something that sounds good, but you know it ain't right. Because a woman is a woman and a man is a man. That's it."
The singer went on to invoke the name of another celebrity who has upset the trans community and allies in the past. Keep reading for more …
Carlos Santana went on to say that he and Dave Chappelle have similar thoughts about the transgender community.
The comedian caught flak in 2021 for comments he made in a Netflix special. "Gender is a fact," Dave said after calling himself a "TERF," or "trans-exclusionary radical feminist."
"Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact," the Emmy winner added.
Several Netflix employees responded by protesting Dave and the streaming service, though the company ultimately stood by the funnyman.
During his anti-trans tirade, Carlos Santana seemed to say that gay men and women don't bother him — as long as they don't flaunt their relationships. "Whatever you wanna do in the closet, that's your business. I'm OK with that," he said.
It's unclear what caused the "Smooth" guitarist to lash out against trans people.
Carlos Santana later clarified his views in a statement he shared with Billboard, though he still somewhat stood his ground: "I am sorry for my insensitive comments. They don't reflect that I want to honor and respect all person's ideals and beliefs. I realize that what I said hurt people and that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to the transgender community and everyone I offended," he said.
"Here is my personal goal that I strive to achieve every day. I want to honor and respect all person's ideals and beliefs whether they are LGBTQ or not," he continued.
"This is the planet of free will and we have all been given this gift. I will now pursue this goal to be happy and have fun, and for everyone to believe what they want and follow in your hearts without fear. It takes courage to grow and glow in the light that you are and to be true, genuine, and authentic. We grow and learn to shine our light with Love and compliments. Have a glorious existence. Peace," he concluded.
Carlos Santana's fans and detractors took to social media to react to everything he had to say.
One person applauded the singer, writing on X, formerly Twitter, "MORE CELEBRITIES NEED TO STAND UP AND FIGHT THE TRANS AGENDA."
Another said, "He may have outed himself from music awards because of his stance, but at least he's using his voice for something he believes in. Respect."
Those who didn't agree with him used more colorful language and called him an array of vulgar four-letter words.
One person who claimed to have attended the concert slammed the artist on Reddit: "The worst part is most people around me were applauding his garbage sermon," the former fan wrote.
Another said of the rant, "It was very uncomfortable, especially the guy shouting Amen throughout."