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RuPaul breaks silence about his trans comments but does not apologize

RuPaul breaks silence about his trans comments but does not apologize


After swift and heavy backlash for his comments made about trans drag queens, RuPaul has responded on Twitter.

The host of RuPaul’s Drag Race told The Guardian that contestants who had undergone gender confirming surgery would not be allowed on his VH1 reality show.

Drag Race contestants and many high profile people condemned his comments.

Only hours after the story was released and the backlash started, RuPaul issued a response on Twitter.

‘Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. I understand and regret the hurt I have caused,’ he wrote.

‘The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.’

He then said in a seperate tweet that he and the show’s producers don’t cast the show based on gender identity.

‘In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we’ve ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change,’ he wrote.

The ‘apology’

Fan reactions to RuPaul’s statement were mixed. Many accepted his that he admitted his mistake, but many thought his comments were unforgivable.

What Ru said

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.’