Saturday, March 29, 2014

RuPaul's Drag Race Producers issue a Poo-Putt Apology over Anti-Trans Segment

RuPaul's Drag Race got messy a few weeks ago.

In one of the mini-challenges, the cast members played a game where they had to identify if a woman or a drag star was a “female” or a “she-male”.

Several folks called out RuPaul over that segment. For a while the RuPaul's peeps were quiet, but yesterday they sent this message:
“We delight in celebrating every color in the LGBT rainbow. When it comes to the movement of our trans sisters and trans brothers, we are newly sensitized and more committed than ever to help spread love, acceptance and understanding,” said RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe and Mandy Salangsang.
Ummm.... That's a clear non-apology.

Then Logo said:
“We have heard the concerns around this segment. We are committed to sharing a diverse range of trans stories across all of our screens and look forward to featuring positive and groundbreaking stories of trans people in the future.”
Really? Are we still making non-apologies in 2014? Please, do better. That segment hurt a part of our community. You could be a bit more considerate and apologize.



Bob Slatten said...

I learned as a child to say, "I'm sorry."
Why can't these folks?

The Huntress said...

I stopped watching Drag Race after that segment, plus the fact this is NOT the first time RuPaul has gotten in trouble over this.

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