RuPaul, once again, is feeling the brunt of the gay left outrage mob for comments deemed “transphobic.”
Speaking to the Guardian, the world-famous drag queen said he wouldn’t accept a transgender contestant who had “really transitioned” on his reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which pits a selection of drag queens against one another for title of best in show.
RuPaul said in the interview that biological women competing on the show wouldn’t be as edgy as “drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture. So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.”
When pressed and asked if he would accept a contestant who was a fully transitioned male-to-female transgendered person, RuPaul hesitating, before saying:
“Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing. We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.”
And Twitter exploded at RuPaul’s outrageous comments. Ungrateful drag queens Sasha Velour, Jiggly Caliente, Ben de la Creme, and Gia Gunn, unknowns until they appeared on RuPaul’s show, were furious at the star-maker’s comments.
My drag was born in a community full of trans women, trans men, and gender non-conforming folks doing drag. That’s the real world of drag, like it or not. I thinks it’s fabulous and I will fight my entire life to protect and uplift it.
Imagine Drag Race without @JinkxMonsoon @Peppermint247 @GiaGunn @StacyLMatthews @KenyaMichaels @JigglyCaliente @Carmen_Carrera @officialsonique @MonicaBHillz. Trans and nonbinary folks are within the DNA of both RPDR and drag throughout history. Let’s celebrate them.
@evanrosskatz @JinkxMonsoon @Peppermint247 @GiaGunn @StacyLMatthews @KenyaMichaels @Carmen_Carrera @officialsonique @MonicaBHillz I don’t want to be celebrated. I just want to be respected by my own community.
Trans women were the first entertainers I ever saw in drag & have always been a big part of the industry. To now hear such words of segregation from an icon who has created a world wide community of unity, makes me sad. Is never been LGB so let’s not forget about the T!
Although I do feel the separation from being a drag queen and now a trans woman, there should not be any reason to be “not accepted” when it comes to the art of drag. If you are a fierce artist, your a fierce artist & should be judged based on your art.
One user, whose Twitter page has a feature image reading “Borders=Death: Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants,” even called RuPaul misogynistic.
Due to the backlash, RuPaul issued a statement on Twitter saying that he regretted the hurt he had caused from his comments:
This isn’t the first time RuPaul has been at the centre of trans-related controversy; last year RuPaul’s Drag Race was criticized for airing a segment game in which contestants had to guess whether someone was male or female from a photograph. The segment was called “Female or She-male.”
Producers of the show apologized after backlash from transgender activists. The show also removed the catchphrase “Ooh girl, you’ve got she-mail” which would play at the beginning of the episode when contestants received a challenge. RuPaul spoke out against the decision at the time, saying:
“Drag is dangerous. We are making fun of everything. But when someone doesn’t get the joke or feels offended by it, it’s a lose-lose situation, because you can’t explain a joke.
It isn’t funny if you explain it.”
Feature image, RuPaul Charles, via Rolling Stone
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