RuPaul is facing backlash from Drag Race queens for his comments on trans performers.
Many stars, who owe their notoriety from the show, took issue with his controversial comments.
He told the Guardian contestants who had physically transitioned would not be allowed on his VH1 reality competition.
RuPaul’s controversial comments on trans performers
‘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,’ he said.
‘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.’
Drag Race queens respond
Peppermint only responded with four emojis.
She received support from other queens, like Sasha Velour and Bebe Zahara Benet.
Trans performer Jiggly Caliente tweeted, which was shared by Peppermint: ‘There’s a revolution amongst the rebels. Pay attention !!! We refuse to stay marginalized and held down while you chose who to take up with you.’
Monica Beverly Hillz, who shared her trans status during the show’s filming, competed on season 5.
‘I’ve always been a woman, so what I’ve done to my body or that I hadn’t started hormones while on the show doesn’t take away my identity,’ Hillz told INTO.
‘Our bodies do not equate our identity.’
Courtney Act simply said: ‘The revolution is intersectional and so is drag.’
Dusty Ray Bottoms, will appear in season 10 of Drag Race, took to Instagram to voice their opinion.
‘I do believe drag is for everyone!’ they said. ‘My shows have always been an open platform to celebrate drag in ALL WALKS!
‘I’m very proud of and happy for my trans sisters and brothers!’