RuPaul Is Sorry For His Comments About Trans Women On “Drag Race”

March 6, 2018 / Posted by:

There has been some major RuPaul’s Drag Race debate drama lately, and I’m not talking about whether it was a mic cord or a popped tuck that made a surprise appearance on last week’s episode (it was totally a cord). RuPaul recently did an interview with The Guardian to promote the upcoming 10th season of RPDR. Unfortunately, Ru said some things about trans women that could be classified as some of the most regrettable stuff to come out of RuPaul’s mouth since Trixie’s Snatch Game impression.

It all started after Ru was asked about “bio queens,” or biological women participating in the style typical to male drag queens. Ru said he wasn’t sure about allowing bio queens on Drag Race because women in drag as women loses its “sense of danger.” Ru was then asked if the show would accept a transgender woman as a contestant. There have been many trans-identifying participants in Drag Race (the most notably recent was Season 9’s Peppermint). Ru is ok with a contestant who identified as a kitty girl, but apparently the line gets drawn at full-blown kitty woman.

“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.”

The internet got really mad and called RuPaul out. So Ru tried to defend his stance on trans contestants:

Except that argument doesn’t really work. Ru has allowed Detox – a queen with enough silicone and fillers to create a whole new Kardashian – to participate in the Olympics of drag twice. So of course Ru’s comparison didn’t go over too well. Several past RPDR queens also spoke out against what Ru said:

Either Ru listened to the criticism and had a change of heart, or Michelle Visage reminded him that unless he wanted to start buying suits off the rack again, he might not want to piss off so many Drag Race fans. Because last night Ru tweeted an apology for his view on trans contestants.

A quick peek at the replies to RuPaul’s apology show that some people accepted it, some people’s feelings are still hurt, and some are still really pissed because it might sound like a “Sorry you were offended” type of apology. But in all of this, I’m not really surprised that Ru said something that was seen as offensive. RuPaul is an ageless glamazon, but RuPaul Charles is 57. The closer you get to 60, your increased health risks include arthritis, hearing loss, and saying things that makes the young ones cringe.


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