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Amanda Lepore responds to RuPaul’s comments about trans women on Drag Race

Amanda Lepore responds to RuPaul’s comments about trans women on Drag Race

Amanda Lepore

Amanda Lepore has discussed the controversy around RuPaul’s recent comments about not allowing trans drag queens to compete on Drag Race post-transition.

In a new interview with Gay Star News Amanda, who identifies as transexual, said: ‘Well, I respect RuPaul. And it’s her show, you know, so, you can do that. But I do think there should be a spin-off or something, [for] bio girls and trans girls.’

‘I don’t think RuPaul meant it as a put down’

Amanda, the self-confessed ‘most expensive body on earth’, rose to superstardom as the muse of iconic photographer David LaChapelle.

She furthermore added: ‘I mean, it is different, and you get ready a little differently, so I understand RuPaul.

‘And I don’t think RuPaul meant it as a put down. I think RuPaul meant it as he considers them women, and that it wouldn’t be fair to have a woman compete because they’d have an advantage.’

Amanda recently released LEPORE., an EP containing tracks such as ‘My Panties’ and ‘Too Drunk to F***’.

Check back this Saturday for our full interview with the international party girl.

‘For men to do it, it’s really punk rock’

RuPaul sparked a furore when he recently told The Guardian: ‘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 asked specifically about trans women being drag queens, he brought up season 9 runner-up Peppermint.

‘Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned,’ he said.

And on whether he would accept a contestant who had, Ru said: ‘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.’

Peppermint finally speaks out on RuPaul’s controversial trans comments