Drag Queens Are DRAGGING RuPaul On Twitter Over His Seriously Anti-Trans Comments

Emily Gadsby
Drag Queens are dragging RuPaul on Twitter
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Just because RuPaul, the world-famous drag queen behind the Emmy Award-winning reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” is revered as a leading icon in the gay community, that doesn’t mean the celebrated television personality is above criticism. Fresh off the wave of backlash following his profile in the Guardian, the LGBTQ leader took to Twitter to back up his offensive comments aimed at both cisgender and transgender women. 

“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,” RuPaul said in the interview. “So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.”

When pressed about whether or not he would accept an openly transgender woman who had “really transitioned” to compete as a contestant on his show, the reality star admitted that he wasn’t fond of the prospect.

In response, trans individuals and community allies were vocal in their rejection of RuPaul’s drag queen “gatekeeping.”

“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,” wrote Sasha Velour, winner of the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Addressing the criticism, Mama Ru then tastelessly compared hormone therapy to “performance enhancing drugs.” “You can take performance enhancing drugs and still be an athlete, just not in the Olympics,” he tweeted.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter was NOT here for RuPaul standing behind his offensive and alienating remarks. 

“Many queens who have been on your show have struggled w gender identity and many are trans,” tweeted one critic. “How disgusting to compare performance enhancing drugs to hormone replacements or other aspects of transitioning. This is incredibly disrespectful.”

Taking notes from the strong backlash served by fellow members of the LGBTQ community, RuPaul issued an apology after surviving the intense Twitter drag session, promising to keep a more “open mind” in the future.